Potrero John Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Potrero John is a great little sport-bolted crag just up the road from Sespe Gorge, and was most likely developed as the answer to the traditional routes found at Sespe. The earliest recorded ascents can be traced back to Yvon Chouinard and Henry Barber climbing the thin seam up the middle of the wall, most likely a great testing ground for some of Yvon’s new gear he was making. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that Reese Martin came in and re-bolted many of the older bolts placed along the wall. In the late 1990s Matt Polk and Dan Frame added a couple of newer lines, rounding this area out to a good half-day crag."
--Damon Corso, Best Climbs Santa Barbara and Ventura (Falcon Guides).
"From the turnout along CA 33, this easy hike follows Potrero John Creek from its confluence with the Sespe to a campsite set beneath large live oaks. A more chal- lenging rock-hop beyond camp leads to a series of waterfalls. The canyon is named for John Power, who lived in the area in the late 19th century."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"The Potrero John Trail is an uncrowded, lightly used trail in the 220,000-acre Sespe Wilderness, part of Los Padres National Forest. The hike begins at an elevation of 3,655 feet where Potrero John Creek empties into Sespe Creek. The trail follows Potrero John Creek through a narrow gorge and up the canyon. There is also an open meadow dotted with red baked manzanita and views of the surrounding mountains. At the trail's end is Potrero John Camp, a creekside flat shaded with oaks."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Ventura County, California (Day Hike Books).
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