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beautiful hot springs! hated the amount of snakes I saw

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10 days ago

Different skill level trails depending on where u enter, breath taking views and hot springs were beautiful. However not kid friendly though due to nudist, same sex couples, and some transit type population.

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1 month ago

Nice hike close to home. I was packing 40 pounds and the hike was not all that bad. It was short and the trail was for the most part easy to follow. Started at sunrise Sunday morning and seen a total of 4 people on the trail.

This is a quick and easy trail, and the hot spring/creek is really fun. Some people do swim naked, so it's not kid friendly. But all in all, I think it was a good atmosphere.

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.

Nice trail....not too hard to stay on path. A little hard to find if not from the area. Bring water to enjoy the view from up top. Parking is on the dirt pathway before the trail. Will definitely come back to visit.

2 months ago

Nice short trail to the top of Bell Mountain. Pretty well marked and not difficult, but try to do it when it isn't so windy. Views at the top are great!

This place was beautiful.
Make sure to bring a car that can handle rough roads . DO NOT BRING A LOW CAR TOU WILL DAMAGE IT.
It is 5$ per person to enter .

Maybe mention that it costs $5.00 perperson!

on Bell Mountain

hiking
3 months ago

For a novice hiker this actually wasn't too bad for me!!! Highly recommended

hiking
3 months ago

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.
::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. :)

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.

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4 months ago

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°