Posted by: James Wapotich | September 8, 2021

Hot & Cold Backcountry Springs of the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains 

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Hot & Cold Backcountry Springs of the Santa Barbara & Ojai Mountains 

Free Slideshow Presentation with Q&A
Thursday, September 16th, 5:30PM

With fall approaching and temperatures becoming more pleasant, now is a great time to start thinking about heading out into the backcountry for soaking and nature connection. However, the big challenge in our semi-arid climate is where is there available water in the fall?

This talk will highlight the backpacking opportunities to our four backcountry hot springs: Little Caliente, Agua Caliente, Willet, and Sespe Hot Springs. It will also cover more than a half-dozen destinations in our local mountains that generally have reliable, year round water.

Join local author James Wapotich as he shares images and stories from his hikes to these unique places. James has hiked many of the trails in our local backcountry. He is an experienced backpacker, trail guide, and author of the Santa Barbara News-Press hiking column, Trail Quest.

This talk was live-streamed via Zoom, and now appears on the Library’s YouTube page,

This free online presentation is part of the Trail Talks series hosted by the Santa Barbara Public Library.

The next talk in the series is Thursday, October 14th, 5:30pm, Bicycling with Butterflies, with author Sara Dykman, who followed the Monarchs on their 10,201-mile migration.


  1. I will be out of town, will the talk be recorded for future viewing?

    • Yes the talk will be recorded and appear on the Library’s YouTube channel. I’ll update this post with the link once it’s available.

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