Sespe Proposed Wilderness Additions

Sespe Proposed Wilderness Additions
Fall Colors in Sespe Gorge © Jim Rose

Area Description 

Contains a startling variety of plant communities including forests of pine and fir, streamside forests of sycamore, willow and cottonwood, oak woodlands and chaparral. Santa Paula Canyon, which is adjacent to the area, is a popular hiking and swimming destination. Bluff Creek is known for its majestic cliffs. Topatopa Bluff is a tremendous scenic escarpment that can be seen for miles from the Ojai, Santa Clara, and Simi Valleys.

Size & Boundaries

Eastern Sespe Addition - 3,199 acres. The western boundary is Hwy 33, northern boundary is formed by private inholdings along Lockwood Valley Road, eastern boundary is existing Sespe Wilderness, and the southern boundary is FSR 6N06. 

Northeastern Sespe Addition - 1,500 acres.  This area is bounded on the west, north, and south by existing Sespe Wilderness, while the eastern boundary formed by Grade Valley Road.

Southeastern Sespe Addition - 3,591 acres. The western boundary is existing Sespe Wilderness, northern boundary is FSR 7N03, eastern boundary is formed by private inholdings along FSR 7N03, southern boundary is formed by FSR 7N03 and existing Sespe Wilderness.

Southern Sespe Addition - 6,525. The western boundary is the Chorro Grande Trail (23W05), northern boundary is formed by FSR 6N06 and existing Sespe Wilderness, eastern boundary is existing Sespe Wilderness, and the southern boundary is formed by Hwy 33 and Middle Sespe Trail (22W04).  

Trails

Fishbowls Trail, Boulder Canyon Trail

Campgrounds

Oak, Thorn Meadows