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Santa Barbara Hikes

Little Caliente Hot Spring

Little Caliente Hot Springs

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For:Long, uphill on the way back.
Little Caliente Hot Spring
Little Caliente Hot Spring

Little Caliente Hot Springs are very warm and can be reached by either a long drive or long and strenuous day hike. The hike would be around 13 miles round trip and did I mention strenuous? The drive takes a couple of hours. Basically, the hike is a short-cut!

The trail is all downhill on the way there, and all uphill on the way back. You descend about 3000ft. It can be pretty difficult to do the uphill (3000ft back up) after soaking in the relaxing hot springs. If you prefer to drive, then you're not really looking for a hike, now, are you?

Be careful with hikes that start downhill if you are not in good shape. You will start out feeling so confident of your abilities that you may not realize how much uphill you have to do to get back to your car.

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