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Definitely a good workout and the risk is well worth the reward in the end!

great place to hike

Great hike at night. Plan on 8 miles down to the lower spring. Well worth it.

A few things need clarification in the description. Firstly, although it is near Julian, it is not at all like Julian. If you want that mountainous forest feeling, you will not get that. In fact, it's in a desert. Secondly, the hike does not end at the spring, it starts at the spring, which makes it far easier to get there, and therefore more heavily trafficked at the spring itself. The hike itself is kind of dull and not super rewarding. Thirdly, there is a pay toll (3$ per person when I went). Fourthly, the hot spring is NOT a natural one. Rather, the "spring" is naturally heated and pumped from the ground into a man-made pool inside of a building. It was a kind of disappointing trip to me. Definitely cool enough to stop by on your way to something greater, but otherwise, I would never plan to go there again, which is what I sorely wanted.

Definitely hard but still doable! Totally worth it, must get in the springs & go to the lake. So beautiful & relaxing before the hike back

Awesome !!! It’s a 3hrs to get all the way down to the lake and another 3 hrs back ... 8 miles in total

Great hike! Did the whole loop, 3 good size hot spring pools.

Great hike for all ages! Some technical areas, bouldering, ropes in place. Heavily trafficked.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail. The hot springs are a really cool feature. I hiked this in October and the weather was perfect. I also hiked out to the overview.

great hike and awesome hot springs!

11/6/18 Drove to the trail head in a Ford Focus st. Take your time and a small vehicle does just fine with no scraping what so ever. Beautiful views at the hot spring but be advised there will be nudists at certain points. The hike out is all up hill making it more challenging on the way back. Pretty decent work out. I will return to hike again.

rock climbing
15 days ago

Great trail, first time bouldering! Back snacks and enough water. Gloves for climbing rocks helpful.

This hike was fantastic! It’s my favorite hike I’ve ever done, actually. Make sure you bring a lot of water (1 gallon per person). It has a nice parking area and you begin the hike under an overpass. We took the south route down and the same route back as we struggled to find the other portion of the loop (and the map at the parking lot is confusing as it’s upside down), but the south route was great. This meant we went through the hot springs twice, which was fun. Hot water, stunning scenery and incredible slot canyons. Bring extra shoes and be prepared to get wet up to your knees. We made the whole loop in about 3 hours, and we were moving pretty fast. Absolutely worth it. Can’t wait to do this again.

you can't really go up the trail with the regular car at least not with a 4 by 4. I recommend you come with either a dune buggy or a 4 by 4 truck.

hiking
20 days ago

Not really a “hike” or a “trail” as it is an area. There are several hot springs with manmade bathtubs in the ground. They are pretty dingy but warm. We did not have a chance to go in the warmest “Old Pedro” but went in the one up on the hill. Would love to go swimming in the pools below some time. They are clear and beautiful!

Best Hike in Las Vegas!!! Moderate-Diff Intensity Hike but VERY worth it at the end. BRING a small backpack with swim or hot tub gear and WATER & SNACKS for when you get to the end but pack light ;)

Trail starts a little bland, but turns into a steep decline and slot canyon, and quickly into three retained hot spring pools. The first is very hot, the second is comfortably hot, and the last (before the ladder) is nice. After the ladder is a short stint to the river with campable beach spots. Great hike!

Went last week (October 2018); fun bouldering, slot canyon, springs and river access. Plus some hidden spots that are fun to find.

Worth the trek, bring more water than you think you need. Also bring either a change of shoes or water shoes, it makes a difference on your poor feet! One of the coolest hikes I’ve done in the Las Vegas area and I’ve lived here for 18 years now. A somewhat hidden gem! I can’t wait to go back & pitch a tent by the river / hot springs!

Enjoyed the bouldering, went w/gr8 company, love that it went to the river. I'll do it at least once more and have recommended it. Sad about the the garbage but that's probably inevitable.

Hiked to Jordan hot springs and camped overnight! My friend and I were the only ones there. The hot spring was nice and hot and perfect for soaking in. Hiked back up to the trailhead the next day. Not gonna lie.... it was a pretty tough hike back up. Wish I coulda stayed there one extra day. Overall, it was a great hike with lots of neat spots to go off trail and explore.

Amazingggggg hike. A true gem really. The canyon is beautiful. Some bigger climbs down on the trail which can be somewhat strenuous for solo hikers. The canyon can get pretty chilly this time of year through the narrows if the canyon so you may bring a jacket just in case. Beware the trails are somewhat hard to read due to no signs but you can keep track by footprints along the path. Enjoy!

Fantastic bouldering down to the Colorado. Took my wife and 10 and 13 year old boys. Fun and challenging. My wife’s current favorite hike. Well worth it. Plan on a dip in the river as well.

This was a very exciting hike/rock climbing experience for me im glad I did it, it was strenuous but it’s worth it in the end,I definitely liked this one it is different from my regular hikes because it includes a lot of rock climbing but the experience is what counts so it’s something you won’t regret even if you’re a regular hiker

Two friends and I completed this yesterday 10/13/2018. I was not really prepared for the physical side, but this was such an amazing experience. The gorgeous canyon views and hot springs make it worth while!

One of the most unique hikes I’ve ever done. Great views. Pretty easy if your a rock climber. I’d put myself as a moderate rock climber and thought the hike to be easy but I wouldn’t recommend to people who have no rock climbing experience. Fairly strenuous if the temps are hot.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an amazing, beautiful hike. By far our favorite of the many trails we’ve hiked. That being said, it is somewhat difficult and more strenuous than any I’ve hiked. Bring plenty of water, and wear a good comfortable shoe with good grips. The rocks are slippery when your shoes are wet. There are ropes in place to get you down the difficult areas, they will require plenty of upper body strength to get back up.

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the hot springs as well as the cool river. It gets dark early, bring a flashlight just in case. We ended up hiking the last mile out after sunset. I wouldn’t recommend hiking alone as some areas require a team effort. Bring snacks containing sodium and potassium to avoid leg cramps.

Enjoy. We are already looking forward to a return hike.

Cool location

This trail is no joke. I just did this trail on Oct. 9th. It was perfect weather for the hike at about 75 degrees. The whole trail took about 4.5 hrs. The way down is fairly simple, just go slow and steady and make sure you take the rope sections seriously cause if you fall it could cause some serious damage. The way back up is much harder because you have to pull yourself up the rocks and ropes so it uses a lot of upper body strength. I love hiking but this trail was almost too much for me to handle. I only went with one other person and we struggled to get back up, luckily a couple came along and we worked together to get through all the rocks and ropes. I would definitely suggest bringing at least four people on this hike unless you are a very well versed hiker/rock climber. Overall the trail is hard but doable if you take it slow and steady and travel with a group.

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