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Willet Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Topatopa Mountains
  • Elevation: 2520 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Sespe
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.0451898
  • Latitude: 34.57421949
  • Water Sources: The Sespe flows year round at Willett, there is also reliable water piped down to the camps from a spring box.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
10-07-2017Heather SalvatoreStagnant
06-15-2017larry frassoldatiFlowing
05-05-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-27-2016Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
09-08-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
08-19-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
03-30-2016Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
03-07-2016Yellow MantisFlowing
01-23-2016ChesterFlowing
05-20-2015Kara HooperFlowing
04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
03-07-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
01-21-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

Willett Camp is located along the Sespe River Trail about 9 miles downstream from Piedra Blanca Trailhead, which is by far the most common access point for visitors.  There are a variety of camps that are situated around the ruins of an old family settlement that was here in the early/mid 1900's.  The families that settled here were the Largomarsino's and Willett's.  Amongst the remains are a usable bunk house and a few scattered sheds that act as supply storage for visitors and packers that frequent the camp.

While Willett is most famous for the nearby hot springs, the views of the Topatopas from camp are fantastic!  Willett can be quite busy with major weekends seeing sometimes 50+ visitors.  That being said, weekdays can be empty but you are more than likely to see other people while visiting Willett.  Be courteous to others and respectful of their wilderness experience.

Survey Photos:


  • Yellow Mantis - 03-07-2016

  • Yellow Mantis - 03-07-2016

  • Yellow Mantis - 03-07-2016

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 05-05-2017
    second or third site as you come into Willett

  • Heather Salvatore - 10-07-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Willet Camp Survey - 10-07-2017 - by Heather Salvatore
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 10-07-2017
Surveyor Name:Heather Salvatore
Camp Description:Hot springs had just been emptied and scrubbed down, it was lovely! Unfortunately little to no water flowing in the river. Ended up using the re-directed natural spring water in the camp to re-fill.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Water was minimal but natural spring was great to filter from!
Weather Conditions:Hot! Around 85-90 during the day, cooled off to low 60's at night.
Images:

Willet Camp Survey - 06-15-2017 - by larry frassoldati
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 06-15-2017
Surveyor Name:larry frassoldati
Camp Description:hotub is flowing and awsome
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:sespe creek is flowing ,, spigot has been altered and is flowing 1 gallon every 15 min. or so
Weather Conditions:hot 90 F
Willet Camp Survey - 05-05-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 05-05-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Hot tub was full, flowing and so awesome! Camp sites were great and river flowing enough to sit in with head out of water.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

second or third site as you come into Willett
Willet Camp Survey - 11-27-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 11-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:water flowing slightly in sespe creek directly south of camp. water spigot working fine
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 09-08-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 09-08-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:water flowing through willet is heavily sulfurized with the sulfer from the spring since the spring is flowing so low.  Not potable even after filter/boil.  Springbox is not providing water currently to willett camp as it is so low.  The hotspring tub is full and nice, but through overgrown thickets of poison oak or very stabby plants.  (we chose stabby plants).
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 08-19-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 08-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Beautiful and peaceful camp spot. This time of year it is very very hot and dry and there is limited water.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Very hot and dry
Willet Camp Survey - 03-30-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 03-30-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus/Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 03-07-2016 - by Yellow Mantis
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 03-07-2016
Surveyor Name:Yellow Mantis
Camp Description:water was good from faucet in camp, sterilized from steripen.  sespe river was flowing above ground from rose valley through willett, only had to take shoes off at one crossing (the one shortly after kerr spring).  it was nice hearing a bullfrog choir all night long.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:flowing water above ground from rose valley through willett
Weather Conditions:cold
Images:




Willet Camp Survey - 01-23-2016 - by Chester
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 01-23-2016
Surveyor Name:Chester
Camp Description:

We stayed in the cabin, it was in good condition.

Another party were camped in the area and were lighting fire crackers. Not very responsible behavior for an area that only just lifted its fire ban.

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 05-20-2015 - by Kara Hooper
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 05-20-2015
Surveyor Name:Kara Hooper
Camp Description:Willett has two pit toilets back up behind the camp, as well as a hot srping about .6 miles up and out of camp to the left.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:the water spigot there feels like an incredible gift; be sure to filter it to be on the safe side.
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Flowing great.  Cabin in good shape.  Not too many people out there.  Did not inspect the tub.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 03-07-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 03-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Water is flowing great at Willett both within the Sespe as well as out of the nearby springs.  The camp was clean, green and with flowers in the fields.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Willet Camp Survey - 01-21-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Willet Camp
Date: 01-21-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Crowded weekend. Lots of cold as well as hot water. People camping all over the place. Freezing nights.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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