The springs needs our help now to preserve & protect everything that is special that visitors & locals have enjoyed for hundreds of years. Matilija Hot Springs resort and swimming pool used to be owned by the Ventura County Parks Department a number of years ago. There are many hiking trails to choose from. Clear day with temperature around 56 degrees at 7:30 a.m.. 2 foot deep poole and water flowing nicely. This site is frequented by both dayhikers and backpackers and is a regular stop amongst scouting troops in the area. Along this major highway, you will come across Matilija Creek. But with a little bad weather, or, obviously, mid-week, you'll likely have this beautiful camp to yourself. Matilija Canyon Trail is located in the Los Padres National Forest at 34.50542 , -119.37306. Alex V wrote a review Mar 2020. your own Pins on Pinterest The original site with the grill is in bad shape with lots of storm debris.Â. From Mapcarta, the open map. From Mapcarta, the free map. It’s nestled in the southern end of the Los Padres National Forest where the Matilija Creek flows. Get updates on conditions, surveys and more... Los Padres Forest Association - 10-28-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 11-09-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 02-16-2019. The department sold the piece of property to a private concern. Middle Matilija Campground is a camp in Ventura County. Website: OjaiHotSprings. There are several free campgrounds in Matilija Wilderness in case you decide to stay overnight in the park. Temps in the low 40s at night. This was a nice campsite, but bring bug spray or nets because it was fly and mosquito heavy at times. The Matilija Springs is located along the Matilija River in the Los Padres National Forest. One popular destination is the hot springs about 16 miles from Lion Camp (this campground is presently closed). 7 reviews of Willett Hot Springs "Went yesterday, rode 3 miles in, stashed the bikes and hiked remaining 6 miles to Willet Hot Springs. Matilija Canyon Trail is located in the Los Padres National Forest at 34.50542 , -119.37306. The nearby Matilija Hot Springs, first discovered in 1873, became a public resort in 1877 and passed through many owners before being closed in 1988. The hot spring pools are for day use only. The resort/swimming pool is downstream from the Matilija Lake dam. cloudy, lows around 50, highs in mid/low 60s. Cool and high clouds; rain began as we packed out. Reply. ... My New Map of the Dick Smith and Matilija Wilderness. Camp had an abundance of wood in its various desirable forms to have a nice fire. We chose to stay right by the river, unique spot. The trail heading upstream is clearly define now thanks to BAER work. Lots of day hikers passing through, and lots of "backpackers" carrying their gear the 30 minutes from their car to this site. Partly cloudy with light sprinkling. Area Maps | Your Exclusive List of homes |, To learn more about purchasing a home in this area or surrounding … Trail was a little grown over at times and with poison oak creep in sections, but in great condition for the most part. Pinos Ranger Districts. The ruins of the Matilija Hot Springs resort are about to be demolished as officials debate whether some could have been saved after the Thomas Fire. Good steady flow. Middle Matilija Campsite is situated north of Matilija Hot Springs. Get to know the area. Ojai is also home to two ancient natural hot springs. From Mapcarta, the open map. Encountered some ticks in the area so check yourself if going through bushes. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 6 months. Creek had water throughout the hike. The creek is flowing and some of the pools near camp are 4-5 feet deep. The hot spring pools are for day use only. The resort features a first class dining room, hot sulfur baths, medicinal waters, no fog and no winds. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Some of the best-known hot springs are in Matilija Canyon, just north of Ojai off Highway 33. the Chumash Indians, lived in villages along the banks of the Matilija River. The new owner has never opened the hot springs and swimming pool to the public. Day 781: Matilija Hot Springs Matilija Hot Springs. Great water. This hot spring is called Ojai Hot Springs. The Cubs of Pack 3179 had a great (soggy) hike from Matilija TH to Middle Matilija, with an extended rock-hopping break at Matilija camp. Half of the 67 family campsites are first-come, first-served. However, it has decreased some from a couple months ago. Still ok, but most oaks burned during Thomas Fire and toppled over by flooding last Winter. Matilija Canyon, with its year-round creek, hot springs, lake and hiking trails, feels days away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California life. For further details please see the link below: Trail to the camp was in good shape, crossings treacherous. Karl says: September 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm Newsflash: I have updated the map for the Matilija Hot Springs and it should now be accurate. Middle Matilija Campsite is a camp in Ventura County. Lots of shade along the trail.Â, 70s during the day, high 30s to low 40s at night, good clean water at the camp. Cloudy 65 degrees during the day, Clear 45 degrees at night. It was surprising to see that in this extreme drought but it's there! First solo trip and first time camping in Los Padres. The camp has multiple sites, each with a raised BBQ grill and is just above the very reliable Matilija Creek. Let the massive old-growth oaks and sycamore shade your tent, RV, or trailer. Matilija Camp is a small trail camp located on the North Fork Matilija Trail (23W07)in the Matilija Wilderness. A much nicer site is just a short walk downstream with big fire ring and spacious area.Â. Reply. The camp has multiple sites, each with a raised BBQ grill and is just above the very reliable Matilija Creek. The resort operated throughout the 1900s, but closed in 1997. General Description: Ecotopia Hot Springs is a rustic hot spring sanctuary along the Matilija River in the Los Padres Forest of California. We had to climb over rocks but nothing difficult. Middle Matilija is also in need of some love.  A downed tree has removed some of the upper portion of the camp and a standing hollow oak is threatening to fall across more of the camp (choose your site wisely).  The camp BBQ stands are toppled.  Looks like it just went through a wildfire followed by two huge storms - oh wait, it did. Matilija Creek was known for its steelhead fishery until the building of Matilija Dam in 1948 closed off the upper section of the creek, within today's wilderness area, to fish migration. Up stream from the camp the trail required a little bush whacking, but still easily hikeable. The pools were all clean, clear and deep. Hot Spring Tips: Agua Caliente Springs Park is a regional camping park owned by San Diego County Parks and Recreation.. Agua is nestled in the vast Anza Borrego Desert State Park with 910 acres. Not enough for swimming/soaking. Some of the best-known hot springs are in Matilija Canyon, just north of Ojai off Highway 33. Low 32F, High 69F, Beware poison oak, it's pretty much everywhere.Â. Sunny and partly cloudy at times. Day #523 & 524 * Hike #601 & 602 * New Track #526 & 527. In the Matilija Wilderness you hike mainly into the eponymous canyon, including the lovely North Fork Matilija camping area enjoying alders, sycamores, and maples. Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability. Cold, breezy, sunny - windbreaker and keep moving weather. The area is very different now, but still beautiful. Trail was in pretty good condition even after the heavy rain the day prior. Let the massive old-growth oaks and sycamore shade your tent, RV, or trailer. This website was developed for adventurists, explorers and enthusiasts of both the Northern and Southern portions of the Los Padres National Forests. It’s nestled in the southern end of the Los Padres National Forest where the Matilija Creek flows. Some areas with poison oak but as long as you wear long pants you'll be fine.  Shady enough to stay cool in the summer. Chaparral is prevalent with poppies plentiful in springtime. No water on the way in, but there is still running water at the camp at the base of the first hot spring. Get updates on conditions, surveys and more... Los Padres Forest Association - 07-31-2014, Los Padres Forest Association - 02-16-2019. And the hot springs you’e referring to is Matilija Hot Springs!!!!! MATILIJA HOT SPRINGS HAS COLORFUL HISTORY By David Mason “Matilija Hot Springs has had its grand opening for another season. It was pretty buggy, lots of flies in the morning and evening that liked to buzz around your face. As of this writing there are 4 different locations one can stay all in the general vicinity. Boys spent Sunday lunch at lower Matilija. Head 8 miles north, and you land at Wheeler Gorge Campground. If you want solitude, stick  to Upper or Maple. Backcountry camping in Sespe Wilderness is free and easy, and there is plenty of it along Sespe Creek between the Piedra Blanca trailhead and Willett Hot Springs (and beyond). North Fork Matilija Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ojai, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The resort/swimming pool is downstream from the Matilija Lake dam. Check out Middle Matilija, Upper Matilija, and Maple camps. Wheeler Gorge Campground contains numerous sites adjacent to a picturesque stream and rocky mountains. I may have missed the main source for this camp. The new owner has never opened the hot springs and swimming pool to the public. There are many hiking trails to choose from. We passed this camp on the way out, hiking downhill from the north. It was surprising to see that in this extreme drought but it's there! Feb 10, 2021 - Explore David Fichter's board "Hot Spring, California", followed by 184 people on Pinterest. https://christopherplord.blogspot.com/2019/12/north-fork-matilija.html, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura, A nice hike after the rain the day before. Dan McCaslin. In half a mile there will be a light creek crossing, followed by a crossing of the larger Matilija Creek. There's a few more hot springs down under the water it's holding in, so there will be more hot springs once it really does go. The intrepid mountain men of Boy Scout Troop 111 (Ventura) backpacked the length of the Upper North Fork (from Cherry Creek Road at Hwy 33 to lower Matilija TH) Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5. The lower main site is definitely seeing the most action as the original FS site has quite a bit of rubble strewn about. Camping on the Matilija Trail. And the hot springs you’e referring to is Matilija Hot Springs!!!!! Hot Spring Tips: Agua Caliente Springs Park is a regional camping park owned by San Diego County Parks and Recreation.. Agua is nestled in the vast Anza Borrego Desert State Park with 910 acres. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Sits right next to the creek which was flowing good. To have Matilija Creek flowing right next to the hot springs was a bonus as you could go from hot … Middle Matilija Campsite is situated north of Matilija Hot Springs. There was a fair amount of red angry poison oak along the edges of the trail and dispersed through the camps so you definitely had to watch your footing. Personalized and Guided Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing or Tennis Adventure. Trail washed out upstream.  Still some shade from remaining oaks and flat spots for sleeping. Trail was easy to follow and not too overgrown. Day was brisk. it was easy to fill water and the quality was very good. Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, 2012 Matilija Trail - Ojai, CA. Website +1 805-727-4117. The hot springs are located in … It was low enough to step over rocks and not get wet. Matilija Camp is a small trail camp located on the North Fork Matilija Trail (23W07)in the Matilija Wilderness Survey Photos: Los Padres Forest Association - 07-31-2014 Head 8 miles north, and you land at Wheeler Gorge Campground. The ruins of the Matilija Hot Springs resort are about to be demolished as officials debate whether some could have been saved after the Thomas Fire. Perfect for families and tent camping, each site contains a table, bbq, and fire ring. The Sespe Wilderness is mainly a chaparral covered environment with rock cliffs in various sites. Unfortunately, because it's so close to the south end, plenty of people also. From Mapcarta, the free map. It's probably not far enough away from the south end to avoid the crowds. All information about 93023 South Matilija Hot Springs Road, Ojai, California - Matilija Hot Springs. 23W07 is in fine condition until just before reaching the newer lower Campsite.Â, Nice day hike destination. Plenty of room for several tents with a nice size fire ring. In the Ojai Ranger District, the Matilija Wilderness is 12 miles from the town of Ojai. Plenty of water collecting in little pools right below the campsite; makes for easy filtering. 2566 Matilija Canyon Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-9508. Great home base to explore Matilija Creek, the town of Ojai, or the surrounding Wilderness Areas. No water on the way in, but there is still running water at the camp at the base of the first hot spring. We went backpacking at the Los Padres National Forest! The trail gets noticably worse above this camp. Trail is in fine shape from the Matilija Trailhead into Camp. BYO drinking water and firewood.  Camp is in good shape, but unfortunately someone trashed the lower site. Thank you for taking the time to visit Hike Los Padres. Middle Matilija Campground is a camp in Ventura County. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 6 … Middle Matilija Campground is situated northwest of Matilija Hot Springs. Great home base to explore Matilija Creek, the town of Ojai, or the surrounding Wilderness Areas. Looks like the main site got taken over by a down tree. Matilija Hot Springs resort and swimming pool used to be owned by the Ventura County Parks Department a number of years ago. The trail gets noticably worse above this camp. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3 out 5 stars) Good Hot Springs Rating. It's an easy 20-30 minute hike from the parking lot if you know where you're going so I would recommend this place to people looking for an introduction to backpacking. BYO drinking water and firewood. Large campground with nearby creek. The hike to the camp is very easy and is relatively flat.  This camp is just a short hike so it is fairly over used.  It was dusty when I visited.  Good shade. Solid 9.5 mile hike. Best nearby. The creek at the start was easy to pass. Water flowing and pools deep enough for some wading action. I mostly took remnants from around and in the other fire pit. 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