Best Trails near Apple Valley, California

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on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
15 days ago

hiking

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.
::MY ADVICE::
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. :)

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
16 days ago

Great hike. Hot springs are great. The directions on this page take you to Bowen Ranch. It costs 5 bucks per person to get through. If you show up before 7:00 AM the guy at the gate will get mad.

on Bell Mountain
21 days ago

hiking

Steep, a lot of rocks. Trail is no longer visible after half way. Our two teenage sons said it was easy, even with it being 99°

on Bell Mountain
1 month ago

hiking

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.

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
1 month ago

hiking

The hot springs are so beautiful! There are different levels of heat (they get hotter as you go up) and I love how they look over the rest of the creek. Bring lots of water!!!! :-)

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
1 month ago

hiking

Amazing

on Bell Mountain
1 month ago

hiking

It was a great hike, pretty easy on the legs. Easy to lose the trail, but other than that had a blast probably gonna go back soon

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
2 months ago

backpacking

Great easy hike ... Nice to camp off trail and enjoy the mountain air ...

on Bell Mountain
2 months ago

Really nice hike!!! We went a total of 2.6 miles round trip. It is super steep and sometimes slippery. It was a nice challenge. The trail is kind of hard to figure out at times, but this app helped a lot! I would say don't bring your little ones on this one!

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
2 months ago

One of our favorite local hikes. Can usually expect a good amount of people.

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
2 months ago

hiking

Easy 2 mile downhill hike to the creek, hot springs are adjacent to the creek. Hot spring water was hot hot, however a little pool has been created to mix the hot water with the slow running creek water making the pool very enjoyable to sit in. The water is clean, clear, and has NO smell! We encountered a few families, a young couple, and 1 respectful nudist. Bring sunscreen! There is a natural drinking water source located behind on the the hot pools which drains out of a copper pipe (very convenient for refills!). Hiking back out of the canyon to the parking lots is all uphill and can be very steep at times. However, it's only 2 miles. Very doable. Note* $5 entrance fee per person (not per vehicle) at the entrance to the parking area. We loved this little adventure and will definitely go again!

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
2 months ago

camping

No public bathrooms, smells so bad I felt like was sleeping in a sewer

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
2 months ago

It was good, kinda kid friendly.

on Bell Mountain
3 months ago

hiking

Great little hike. Pretty challenging if you're new to hiking or not in the best shape. It's doable though. Just take your time. Trail isn't always clearly defined, but common sense gets you to the top. Beautiful views and plenty of spots to stop for a quick rest if you need it. I definitely will be back to do it again.

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
3 months ago

hiking

Best clothing optional hike that I know of. Moderate hike to hot springs with running, hot water. Great place to chill and relax. Be warned, it's hot, LOTS OF BEES, last 3 miles to the parking lot is uneven dirt, and $5 cash parking. If you do dip in the springs, bring a towel and be prepared to stink until you take a real shower. Still worth all the inconveniences for this unique SoCal experience.

on Deep Creek Hot Springs Tr...
3 months ago

hiking

The hike is steep and sandy, but the workout is well worth the reward at the end. Plan to get there early so you have enough time to enjoy the springs, you'll want to experience all 6 pools, and won't want it to end! We started back up around 6, and made it to the car around 7, took 4 short breaks on the way up as it can be very strenuous. I recommend this hike to anyone looking to reconnect with the earth and find some relaxation.