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Backpacking the Sespe Wilderness to Willett Hot Springs w/ Larry Harris {Finance}

  • Rose Valley Road Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)

Get excited for some backpacking right in our own backyard! We will be heading up North to Ojai to backpack the Sespe River Trail to the Willett Hot Springs, about 7.5 miles out and back each way. Despite the distance, we will not have much elevation gain, so this will be a wonderful backpacking trip for both those new to backpacking and those who have been backpacking for years. Professor Harris is very excited for the trip, and may even bring his dog, Benbow!


  • Sleeping bag (down to 30 degrees)

  • Sleeping pad (recommended)

  • Backpacking pack

  • Durable hiking shoes with several pairs of socks

  • Hiking pants/shorts

  • Light shirt for hiking

  • Warm coat for nighttime

  • Swim suit for the hot springs!

  • Sunglasses

  • Hat/beanie

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Mess kit and light mug


  • Car snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch!

  • Sleeping bags/pads/backpacking pack if you need them (please let us know if you do!)

  • Tents

  • French press coffee :~)

  • Good vibes, great playlists (get ready to FUNK)


Sespe Wilderness to Willett Hot Springs:


SCENERY: We will follow the Sespe River Trail to the Willett Hot Springs which is located just North of Los Angeles in Ojai, and because of the abundant rain this winter, the rolling hills will be beautiful and green!

FUN FACT: The Sespe Wilderness is home to not only one area of hot springs, but TWO! Just a bit farther along the trail are the Sespe Hot Springs in addition to the Willett Hot Springs!


PROFESSOR: Larry Harris

DEPARTMENT: Marshall School of Business

Larry Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business.  In addition to his teaching and research, he also works as a consultant in investment management. While on leave from USC, Professor Harris served as the Chief Economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Professor Harris is a Peaks veteran and is so excited for the trip! He may even bring his dog, Benbow. :)

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TRIP LEAD: Arianna Wood

Contact Arianna:

Read Arianna’s bio here.


TRIP LEAD: Weezy Dai

Contact Weezy:

Read Weezy’s bio here.

ADDRESS: Rose Valley Rd, Ojai, CA 93023