• Aria Zoner

Guided Adventures on The Hot Springs Trail: July/August 2018


FREE GUIDED HIKES: For the next month, join me somewhere new each day as I go adventuring on the Hot Springs Trail. That’s right, during this July and August, I’ll be out on the trail – hiking, biking, volunteering, scouting for new updates and options, and of course soaking in wild and resort hot springs – plus a whole lot more.

What’s the best part?

I’m inviting you to join me!

Just below here is a complete yet tentative schedule of where I’ll be each day, and what to expect.

Please be aware that these adventures are not for the faint of heart. Come prepared should you decide to join, especially on the bigger ones!

If you have any questions or just want to meet-up for a snack, contact me.

Either way, I'd love to see you out there!

Guided Adventures on the Hot Springs Trail – 2018

FIREWORKS SHOW & STREET FESTIVAL AT MILE 0

July 4th – Santa Barbara, CA: 5-10pm. 4th of July Fireworks! Hang out at Mile 0 of the Hot Springs Trail – located at the end of Stearns Wharf – as the Santa Barbara 4th of July Celebration takes place. I plan on arriving around 5pm and exploring locally. Fireworks are at 9pm. Afterwards, car camping to stage for the first adventure of this tour is located about 20 minutes away, above town.

DAY-HIKING TO WILD HOT SPRINGS

July 5th – Santa Barbara, CA: 6am-9pm. Day-hiking the Calientes! Join me for a day of surveying trails that were recently affected by the Thomas fire. In the process, we’ll visit 2 soak-worthy backcountry hot springs and maybe do some trail running too. Departing from Cold Spring Saddle at 6am.

Loop day-hike: ~23.5 miles.

*After this hike/trail run, car camping will take place at the same trailhead or somewhere nearby.

TRAIL RIDING & RESORT SOAKING

July 6th – Ojai, CA: 7am: Mountain biking the Cozy Dell Trail. Meet me at the Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods parking lot then ride thru town and along this short but scenic trail.

Loop ride: ~8 miles.

*Rainbow Bridge opens at 8am and will be visited for breakfast after the ride.

10am-Noon: Soaking at Ecotopia! Join me for a relaxing soak at a private hot spring resort located just outside the town of Ojai, above the Matilija Reservoir. (Reservations required – Go here to book now > Ecotopia)

Noon-1pm: Lunch at the Farmer & the Cook Restaurant. Enjoy some tasty farm-to-table treats after a morning of riding and soaking. Located in nearby Meiners Oaks.

4-DAY BACKPACKING TRIP – THE SESPE WILDERNESS TRAVERSE

July 6th – 9th – Ojai to Castiac, CA: The Sespe Wilderness Traverse. Hike from the town of Ojai to Interstate 5, at Castiac. The trail in this section travels on exposed ridges, visits wild hot springs, and encounters the first XC segments of the journey - where a trail-less creek is followed thru big and rocky narrows. Come prepared to get wet!

One-way hike: ~76 miles

Itinerary for the Sespe Wilderness Traverse:

July 6th - 1pm-5pm: Stage return-vehicle(s) for the Sespe Wilderness. Meet at Farmer & the Cook restaurant. Departing at 1pm to stage a return vehicle at I-5.

July 6th – Ojai, CA: 5pm. Depart from the Foothill/Pratt Trailhead. Hike to Top of the World Camp (Coast Connect Trail mile point 62.7).

~9 miles.

July 7th: Hike to Sespe Hot Springs and enjoy an evening of camping.

~25.5 miles.

July 8th: Hike to Pothole Spring, going thru the Agua Blanca narrows on the way.

~21-28 miles.

July 9th: Hike to Interstate 5. Climb up a dramatic and view-filled ridge then reach I-5 and return to Ojai to retrieve vehicle(s).

~11-18 miles.

SUMMIT MOUNTAIN BIKING & PRE-RIDE CAMPOUT

*After the Sespe Wilderness Traverse, camping to stage for this next adventure will be happening July 9th at the Tumble Inn site (Coast Connect Trail mile point 143.6). This site is accessible by 2wd vehicles.


July 10th - Castiac, CA: 6am. Mountain biking Old Ridge Road. Join me for a day of scenic riding on a closed ridgetop road. Departing from the gate - at Coast Connect Trail mile point 128.8 – at 6am. First, we’ll ride to Tumble Inn site then continue riding on dirt roads thru oak forest to the top of Liebre Mtn – the official halfway point of the CCT (Part 1 of the HST). From there, it’s all downhill back to the starting point.


Day-ride – Out & Back: ~45.6 miles.



HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & CAMPOUT


July 10th - Lake Isabella, CA: 8-9pm. Volunteer clean-up session at Remington Hot Springs. Meet me at the hot springs to help pick-up trash and clean pools, then stay afterward to enjoy this on-the-river soaker. Located just outside of the town of Lake Isabella. Primitive camping is available onsite and nearby.

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & MOUNTAIN BIKING

July 11th - Lake Isabella, CA: 6-7am: Volunteer clean-up session at Miracle Hot Springs. Meet me at the hot springs. Located just 2 miles east of Remington Hot Springs. Primitive camping is available onsite and nearby.

July 11th - Lake Isabella, CA: 8am: Mountain biking the new Hooper Hill Trail. Meet me at the lower Hooper Hill Trailhead, located on Old Hwy 214 (Kern Canyon Rd) 0.5m west of the Bodfish, CA post office. After climbing up roads and summiting Hooper Hill, we'll ride back down on the new trail.

*Alert: This trail is STEEP going down - just how we like it!

Loop ride: ~6 miles.

MOUNTAIN BIKING MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN RESORT

July 12th – Mammoth Lakes, CA: 9am-6pm. Mountain biking Mammoth Mountain Resort! Join me for a day of lift-assisted mountain biking at the Mammoth Mountain Resort. Take time to enjoy some of the places that this trail visits.


Tickets are $44 in advance > HERE.

Expect to go big: ~50-60 miles.

12-DAY BACKPACKING TRIP - THRU-HIKING THE HIGH SIERRA HOT SPRINGS TRAIL

July 13th – 24th – Thru-hiking The High Sierra Hot Springs Trail. Join me for a thru-soak of the High Sierra.

One-way hike: ~274.6 miles.

*Planning to average 25 miles per day.


Staging for Thru-hiking the High Sierra Hot Springs Trail:

July 12th – Mammoth Lakes, CA: 8pm. Staging Campout for a High Sierra Hot Springs Trail thru-hike. Meet me at the Shady Rest CG, in downtown Mammoth Lakes, for an evening of camping before setting out to thru-hike the High Sierra Hot Springs section of the Hot Springs Trail.

July 13th – Mammoth Lakes, CA: 7:50am – Catch the bus from Mammoth Lakes to Kernville.

*At ~6pm, after a day of exploring Lake Isabella and Kernville, we’ll leave Kernville and begin hiking the High Sierra Hot Springs Trail.

Loose Itinerary for this HSHST thru-hike trip:

July 13th – Camp somewhere on the Kern River

July 14th – Camp somewhere on the Rincon Trail (with lunch and snacks at McNally's on the Kern)

July 15th – Camp at Jordon Hot Springs

July 16th – Camp at Kern Hot Springs

July 17th – Camp near Colby Pass

July 18th – Camp near Road’s End - (Full Resupply in Cedar Grove Village)

July 19th – Camp at Simpson Meadow

July 20th – Camp at Devils Punchbowl Lake

July 21st – Camp at Blayney Meadows Hot Springs

July 22nd – Camp at Mono Hot Springs Resort (Full Resupply)

July 23rd – Camp at Iva Belle Hot Springs (Via VVR for breakfast and snacks to-go)

July 24th – Return to Mammoth Lakes (Via Red's Meadow for snacks)

EXPLORING WILD HOT SPRINGS

July 25th – Mammoth Lakes, CA: 9am-5pm. Explore Hot Creek. After a hearty breakfast in the town of Mammoth Lakes, we’ll head out to the Hot Creek region to visit 6 wild hot spring areas, followed by an afternoon siesta at a hidden, and deeply shaded, creekside camp.

DAY-HIKING MONTGOMERY PEAK

July 25th – Benton Station, CA: ~6pm. Pre-summit Hike Campout. Meet me at the Benton Station Café for dinner then drive to the base of Montgomery Peak where we’ll camp with the vehicles for the night, on Montgomery Creek.


July 26th – Benton, CA: 5am-5pm. Day-hiking Montgomery Peak! Climb with me to the highest point on the Hot Springs Trail, 13,447ft, following one the steepest, and most impressive, climbs on any long-distance trail I’ve done.

Day-hike – Out & Back: 10 miles.

*This hike is 5 miles each way with 6,647ft of elevation change.

OVERNIGHT SOAKING AT BENTON HOT SPRINGS RESORT

July 26th – Benton Hot Springs Resort: 6pm. Post Montgomery Peak Soak-out. Join me for a night of camping and soaking at this 100+ year old resort. I have site 11 already reserved. "Additional persons are $10." A few other campsites are still available at this time and can be reserved > HERE.

SALADS, SOUPS, & SCENIC SOAKING

July 27th – Tonopah, NV: 1-2pm. All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Hometown Pizza! Join me for salads, soup, and a slice or two at one of the best buffets in Nevada. Afterwards, we’ll drive to Spencer Hot Springs for an evening of camping and soaking.

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & CAMPOUT

July 27th – Austin, NV: 6-9pm. Volunteer clean-up session at Spencer Hot Springs. Come for the clean-up session, stay for the soaking. On-site camping is free and abundant.

4-DAY BACKPACKING TRIP - THRU-HIKING THE NORTHERN RUBY CREST

July 28th – Elko, NV: Noon. Stage return vehicle(s) for Northern Ruby Crest Thru-Hike. Meet in Elko at noon then drive to Wells to stage return vehicle(s). Afterwards, we’ll drive to Harrison Pass and begin hiking the Ruby Crest Trail.


July 28th-31st – Elko to Wells, NV: Thru-hiking the Ruby Crest Trail and Northern Rubies XC. Join me for a guided hike of the Ruby Crest Trail followed by an XC adventure across the top of the northern Ruby Mountains.

*There are no resupplies along this hike.

One-way hike: ~83.4 miles.

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & CAMPOUT

August 1st – Wells, NV: 7-9am. Volunteer clean-up session at 12-Mile Hot Springs. Help maintain one of Nevada’s biggest wild hot spring pools and see why Nevada is much better, away from the highway.

*Camping is available on-site and will take place the evening before clean-up.

IDAHO SKATEPARK TOUR

August 1st - Southern Idaho:

~Noon: Twin Falls Skatepark

~2pm: Hailey Skatepark

~4pm: Ketchum Skatepark

In the area? Join me for a session today!

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & CAMPOUT

August 1st – Grandjean, ID: 7-9pm. Volunteer clean-up session at Bonneville Hot Springs. Enjoy a night of camping and therapeutic soaking at this forested hot spring complex. Located on Idaho Hwy 21, west of Stanley. Come for the soaking, stay for the slacklining!

Out & Back hike: ~2m.

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION

August 2nd - Grandjean, ID: 8-10am. Volunteer clean-up session at Sacajawea Hot Springs. Located just 9 miles from Bonneville Hot Springs, off Idaho Hwy 21, west of Stanley.

HIKE TO WILDERNESS HOT SPRINGS - OVERNIGHT TRIP

August 2st-3rd – Stanley, ID: Overnight Trip to Trail Flat Hot Springs. Meet me at the Dagger Falls CG at noon, August 2nd. Together we’ll hike 8 miles along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to a scenic campsite at Trail Flat Hot Springs, for a long lunch. From there, we’ll continue in the shade of evening to Sheepeater Hot Springs for a night of camping and soaking. In the morning, we'll return to Trail Flat for one last soak then return to the car and keep adventuring.

Overnight Out & Back Hike: ~28 miles.

REROUTING THE TRAIL TO LOLO HOT SPRINGS


August 4th-6th – Lolo, MT: Scouting a new option for the trail. Join me as I explore trails and options to reroute the trail from Jerry Johnson Hot Springs directly to Lolo Hot Springs Resort. The goal here is to shorten or remove road miles in this region and to include a visitation to Hot Springs Point. If all works out, 2 additional places to resupply will be visited on-trail as well. Basecamp for this adventure will be at or near the Lolo Hot Springs Resort.

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & DAY-HIKE

August 5th - Lochsa, ID: 7-9am. Volunteer clean-up at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. After the clean-up, a day-hike trip to scout Hot Springs Point will take place.

Day-hike - Out & Back: ~7 miles

HOT SPRING CLEAN-UP SESSION & CAMPOUT

August 6th - Lochsa, ID: 8-9pm. Volunteer clean-up session at Weir Hot Springs. Primitive camping is available on-site.

3-DAY BACKPACKING TRIP TO REMOTE HOT SPRINGS

August 7th–9th – Lowell, ID: 3pm. 2-night trip to locate Marten Hot Springs. Meet me at the end of the Selway Falls Road, at the Race Track Campground. The plan is to leave the trailhead at 3pm and hike ~12.5 miles along the Selway River to an epic beach, then camp. In the morning, a ~9.5-mile hike will lead to our 2nd night’s camp, on Marten Creek. From it, we’ll explore up Marten Creek for the afternoon and see if we can’t touch the waters of what surely must be the most remote hot spring in North America. On the following morning, we’ll either try to find it again before leaving or head straight back to the trailhead.

The hike out for this trip is ~22 miles on well-groomed and scenic trails.

Guided Adventures on the Hot Springs Trail – 2018


Creating a National Scenic Trail takes both time and teamwork.

Join me for a day on the Hot Springs Trail, or maybe even a whole week…and you’ll see why I’ve been working so hard at this!

But even if I wasn’t trying to create the next National Scenic Trail and was just out adventuring to these places for the heck of it, I’d be glad to have you on board none-the-less, as these are some of the most amazing places that I’ve ever been to.

Come and see for yourself, guided even!

***Please be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances, exact times and locations of events on this schedule may change.

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