It is dog friendly if your your pet likes to swim. It cost 5$ a person. The hike down to the springs is not bad at all. Coming back up is harder. Bring a bathing suit otherwise go naked like all the other hippies.... I'm half hippie went in my underwear. Towels and a snack would be great.
This was a really great hike, and decently easy. Just very steep on your way back up and not much shading. You have to start from a private property. One of the workers/volunteers is Sycamore, she's a very nice lady and gave us very good hiking directions, the maps are junk but is doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how to walk there and back. There is a $5 fee per person, totally worth it. Brought my dog with and everyone was cool with him and loved playing with him. There's a slack line hooked up over the water (lots of fun) and a bunch do nudist! No biggie though unless you can't handle naked people. Highly recommended. Please pick your up trash and be respectful, unless you want the National Forest Service to shut it down.
Nikole S. on Bell Mountain
For a novice hiker this actually wasn't too bad for me!!! Highly recommended
Jason W. on Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
Nice hike--a couple of steep parts but overall a very easy hike. The hot springs were not too crowded. People seem to do a great job packing out their trash.
Definitely bring plenty of water, especially in the summer. It can get hot.
This is a great hike and location. I originally went in the winter, which made the trek back up the hill much nicer, temperature wise. You must cross a creek to get to the hot springs. The creek was cold to cross but the hot springs are incredible. They're clean and don't stink of sulfur, like most hot springs.
1. Bring plenty of water. The hike back up is no joke. Especially in the summer heat. Think you have enough water? Bring more.
2. If you cross the stream in the winter, your legs will just about fall off. It's numbing cold. Use your empty water bottles to fill up with hot water from the springs and then dump them on your frozen legs after you cross back.
3. Take it in - Take it out. The creek stays relatively clean so please take your trash out with you. :)
I approached it on the west side so it was probably harder than going up the trail. But I did not want to drive to the east base because there is a lot of broken glass and junk on those dirt roads in the desert. You can park on Choco Rd. (which is paved) and the walk to the mountain. Little Bell mt. is just to the south of Bell mt. which is also a good climb. Bell Mt. is pretty much straight up most of the way. Take a hiking pole because there is a lot of loose rocks and gravel. Overall a good but hard climb. The flag on top is ragged so if I go again I'll take a new flag.
Robert C. on Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
Great easy hike ... Nice to camp off trail and enjoy the mountain air ...