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Gaviota State Park Hot Springs
The three pics below show the beginning of the narrow trail to the hot springs from Gaviota Peak Fire Road. At this point the stream runs under and across the fire road and it's a little squishy walk across a thick blanket of leaves and mud. The trail was so narrow it was impossible not to brush up against plants, mostly California Blackberry intermingled with poison oak. They say ticks are a problem too but I got out with none and with no rash.
After about .3 more miles of potentially ichy hiking the trail ends at the hot springs. Not far up this trail you begin to smell the sulphur odor. The lower pool had a little less water and more murk than pics I had seen on other websites but the upper pool was full of black water which several hikers were enjoying a lukewarm soak (therefore no upper pool pics, it was full of people).
Below a couple of pics on the way back down, the scenery and occasional views were nice, by now the sun is going down so lighting not good, the pics don't do it justice.
For more information (including camping reservations) see
the official Gaviota State Park page on the California State Parks website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=606
Know how a mountain lion behaves, assess your risk if you see one--mountain
lion body language: http://www.sdgfp.info/wildlife/MountainLions/Language.htm
What to do if you see a mountain lion: http://www.ehow.com/how_1791_survive-encounter-with.html