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This is a must-see! Bring: towels, a bag for wet clothes, spikes for shoes, dry socks and underwear/bra to change into. Wear: your bathing under your clothes and hiking boots!

The actual road to the trailhead is gated off due to snow. The hike ends up being about 3.8 miles there and 3.8 back. We started at 3 in the afternoon and made it to the springs by 4:30 (about 1.5 hours hike) hopped in the springs for a bit and made our way back in the dark.

The springs have several different pools with varying temperatures. We were in the one closest to the little water fall at the end of the trail and it felt like it was a hundred degrees! We loved it and so glad we had a chance to experience this place.

This trail is super snowy currently and some places are slick and muddy. I highly recommend good hiking boots with plenty of traction. We stopped by Walmart and picked up towels and those over-the-shoe spikes and they really helped. The hike back in the dark was really icy in some spots (thank goodness we packed a headlamp). A few people tagged along with us on the way back and they were in running shoes and slipped and fell down several times.

mountain biking
1 day ago

This is my favorite trail to mountain bike on. There’s so many good views and the river along the trail is beautiful. Good place to go if you just need to get away from the city. Doesn’t take very long either. I went hiking there last week and it was just as beautiful with all the snow and the sound of the creek.

One of the best snowshoe hikes in Provo Canyon. There was a ton of snow today. I wore my spikes, but wished I had snowshoes. I usually do this as a loop, turning left at the Big Springs sign, heading through a couple of meadows. I often see turkey up here.

1/10/19 quick and easy. slight presence of ice near the waterfall.

The trail was snow packed and beautiful! It was easily doable without spikes or snowshoes! The gate was closed 1.5 miles out from the trailhead, but was a beautiful hike! Prepare yourself to have a towel and dry clothes when you get out of the springs!

What an awesome hike! If you have a four wheel Drive you can access the parking lot just above the trail. Pretty easy hike for someone in shape
And trail savvy. Some tight spots in a couple of the slots but amazing. Beautiful day, great weather! Went in the fall. Highly recommend

hiking
9 days ago

The road to the trailhead is unpaved but our Mazda3 made it just fine. Bring cash for the permit ($6 per person and per dog). The start of the hike is through an exposed flat area, and then opens up to some beautiful slot canyons. In the first slot canyon there is drop of about 8 feet where you have to make an interesting climb down some questionably wedged branches. If you’re short you may need some help on the climb up. We saw a 12ish year old boy at the end with his parents, so kids can make the climb with help! This hike is definitely worth the drive and we’ll definitely be returning.

The lower emerald pool was beautiful. Easy stroll and gorgeous even in the winter. The path to the middle and upper pools is closed indefinitely due to a rock slide.

A great alternative to Buckskin Gulch! Neat petroglyphs where Wire Pass intersects with Buckskin Gulch. I went last February and the weather was absolutely perfect during the day but very chilly when the sun set, dress in layers. There was one spot that was a little tricky getting up and down, where the tree, is but it is definitely doable. For $6, its definitely a must do.

Hiked this in December with 4 kids, aged 9-13. Great hike enjoyed by all. Had to climb doing a section using a makeshift ladder (trees) that was a bit challenging. A kind couple showed us how to get down and the it wasn’t a problem. Another young couple helped us get the kids out afterwards as it was a little high for the youngest ones to lift their legs up. Amazing views that just got more amazing as it merged with Buckskin Gulch.

Lower trail was an easy, paved trail with manageable elevation change for most. The middle and upper sections become more difficult and required a little more effort. All trails were clearly marked although some portions were washed out and non-existent. We managed and were able to have a lot of fun even during the cold weather in late December.

I first hiked this canyon in 1999 and plan on returning in 2019 to do it again. Can’t wait.

Beautiful hike!! We did this hike on Christmas Eve and, at that point, the gate was closed adding an additional 1.5 miles to the trailhead. I would highly recommend yak tracks, spikes, snow shoes or something to help with traction. Most the of the hike is icy and I can’t really imagine doing it without them. The hike itself (with spikes) was relatively easy, only a small elevation gain. Pack a lunch, you burn enough calories that you’ll be hungry at the end. The hot springs are beautiful and so much fun! We wore out suits in under our clothes, brought flip flops, towel, and plastic bags to put our suits in on the way back. Highly recommend this hike!

gate is closed today 6.8 miles away from the trailhead.

Great trail with beautiful views including a minor waterfall.

Very fun hike. We brought our bikes to ride from the gate to trailhead. Our family of 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 8-16) loved it. It was slippery in parts but didn’t require any special equipment besides good hiking shoes. It was a great Christmas Eve family activity!

Nice short easy hike.

GATE CLOSED! Beautiful trail with almost exactly three additional miles of road walking before the trailhead since the gate is closed. This actually makes it a nice long hike (for our family of four anyway) and adds some beautiful vistas -- red rocks on one side, snowy mountains on the other -- blue skies in between, at least on the walk back for us today. This trail is ICY and very slippery in several spots. I highly recommend spikes. We didn't have them and busted our butts a few times before we just began sitting down and "jeans sledding" instead. (Super fun activity as well, but slowed down the hike a great deal -- and can't be done uphill.) The hot springs, of course, make this trail. Today we stayed in the water for an hour -- hopping pool to pool in one of the lower areas -- and soaked our aching bums a good long time. :-) Bring water, a snack and definitely spikes for your shoes in the winter -- or at least a hiking pole that you can chop up the iciest spots with or cover with mud and leaves. Go and enjoy!

Trail almost completely covered in ice right now so it is a little hard to navigate.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail in Dec after a recent rain, so there were muddy puddles in several places along Buckskin Gulch. We were only able to go about a mile into Buckskin before having to turn around due to the puddles (without warm waterproof shoes in December, getting your feet wet would not be fun!). Aside from this limiting factor, the hike was amazing! Easy hike, clearly marked, narrow slot canyon makes for great pictures. Look for hieroglyph carvings in the sandstone right before entering Buckskin! They are very clearly seen at eye level. Great hike for all ability levels. As always with any slot canyon, watch the weather and don't enter any slot with a chance of rain that day.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Not the hike we expected. "Best used" through October is more than a suggestion. Once Brighton resort is open for the season, hikers need to take the "uphill route" on Milly Access / Lost Maid and then exit the Wren Hollow gate to out of bounds. We looped around Dog Lake and made it up to the overlook of Lake Mary. Didn't have any backcountry gear/beacons and definitely would have wanted them if we were to go any farther towards Lake Catherine.

Probably one of my favorite hikes in Utah. The gate is closed... BUT! It’s not like last year when the gate was closed (13 miles total) now it only adds about 3 miles overall. So it’s about a 7-8 miles total. For the first timers if you want to make the trip faster I’d HIGHLY recommend bringing a couple bicycles and a good lock. You can bike the first mile and a half.There were about 20 or so people up there when we got to the springs at 2 pm. I’d definitely recommend spikes for the hike. Some parts are hard packed snow/ice. You can do it in just shoes tho. Don’t leave your trash up there and be respectful. Also, expect to see some nudity. Welcome to the wilderness

great moderate hike with super fun swimming holes near the end, fairly easy to follow but at times the trail can be hard to spot,

12/4/2018 GATE IS CLOSED

Hike it anyway if you can. So amazing. Super easy hike, not sure why this is rated moderate. We hiked 2 days after a full day of snow and had no problems in regular waterproof hiking boots. There were two small parts that were slightly slick, but really, no big deal to get past. We're from Florida, so not expert snow hikers or anything. So glad we showed up to try this hike after being slightly worried from previous reviews. The path is basically a snow covered sidewalk. And the springs are great!

Did this loop in about 4hrs, hit all
The canyons, I’m a photographer to the photos were awesome! A lot better than dealing with the overpopulated slot canyons in AZ, and permitted. Some of the canyons get pretty tight so squeezing is required in some places and I am pretty fit. Had my camera backpack and had to remove to move forward through some areas. Hiking some of the trail can be strenuous through the sand so be prepared. But if you want beautiful slot canyons for photography, these are excellent!

1 month ago

What a beautiful walk. Did this 27th November. The snow made it all look like a wonderland and even more reason to stay in the hot springs longer when it’s cold outside. Beware we wore walking boots but the trail was very icy and slippery in places so we were sliding and a few falls along the way. Would definitely recommend spikes!! The springs were super warm and was only 3/4 other people there. Would recommend bringing waterproof shoes/sandals just for when your in the pools. The hike isn’t too changing and took us about an hour to get there and 50 mins on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful water features and plant life- lots of humans

hiking
1 month ago

nice walk with very cool canyons, it was a windy day when we went there, so lots of sand dusting, other than that it's really a cool place to hike.

Hiked Nov. 25, gate was still open and road to the trailhead was fine (with a couple of short icy spots). Awesome hike, but would definitely recommend chains or spikes for your shoes (a hiking pole at the very least). I was wearing chains and I still wiped out a few times on the icy trail, and I saw a lot of people in tennis shoes struggling a LOT to get up and downhill. Don't forget to take off any jewelry before soaking.. I forgot to take my rings off and they turned black from the sulphur almost immediately. Also saw a couple of nude bathers.. they weren't bothering anyone, but just be aware.

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