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Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 312 reviews

Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hesperia, California that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 921 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is a short hike to natural hot springs within the San Bernardino National Forest of Southern California. This is a day-use area only and no overnight camping is permitted. You can enter the trail from Bowen Ranch Road, where you will pay a $10 per person entrance fee (not per vehicle) at the entrance to the parking area. If you do not have a 4x4 vehicle, consider a different route. The dirt road is very bumpy and rocky. From the trailhead, it is an easy 2 mile hike downhill to the Mojave River and the adjacent hot springs. The descent is a steep hill and can be sandy in areas. Once at the hot springs, there are several pools to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed from the hot springs. With warm temperatures in a high desert area, sunscreen and plenty of water are necessary for your hike. There is a natural drinking water source located behind the hot pools which drains out of a copper pipe which can be used for refills. The hike back out of deep creek canyon to the parking lot is all uphill and can be very steep at times. At the springs, clothing is optional, so if nudity offends you you may want to choose another hike. This hike is kids friendly, but again, there is nudity at the pools that may influence your decision to bring kids.

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10 days ago

went with my fiance. just be aware you will need a pretty high level of fitness for this. for context, I run 5ks and go to the gym/ do fitness classes 5x per week and I found it extremely difficult. if you have never done an all trails moderate course I would be a bit weary of this one unless you are in extremely good shape (read: way better shape than me). we also brought a gallon of water each and that almost wasn't enough. definitely plan ahead for this one and train for the elevation. there is an extreme decline on the end on the last 10% of the trail that will probably leave you sliding/swearing that you will have to walk back up on your return journey from the creek. Would do again with more water and training.

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washed out
17 days ago

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rocky
18 days ago

The way out of the hot springs towards Bowen Ranch is of moderate difficulty.

hiking
2 months ago

Went here yesterday 6/3/19. Definitely best to take a truck, front wheel or 4 wheel drive as the road is mostly dirt with grooves and bumps. Parked at Bowen’s ranch. Didn’t meet the owner but everything is pretty straightforward if you are taking the time to be present & read the directions. The directions are clearly posted & they provide everything you need to know + trash bags. The owner asks that you turn off car ignition while signing in, paying, and getting yourself together. Makes sense if you live there and have lots of vehicle traffic coming in & out— I wouldn’t want to breathe in those fumes unnecessarily either, so just be mindful & respectful. I think it’s worth the $10 per person. Clothing is optional so be mindful of where that sits with you before you go & be respectful of all. Bring lots of water and some sustaining snacks. The way back up is harder than down + not much shade. Some areas are a little steep, make sure you bring proper shoes & change of clothes. To access the hot springs just cross the cold water (some spots are about knee deep, other spots are waist to above head). Hot springs are beautiful (there are about 4 as soon as you make the hike down & folks are pretty friendly & great at letting others have a turn. Would definitely go again!

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private property
2 months ago

I just went there today 6/1/19 it was nice hike down but A little more challenging coming back up. take plenty of extra water for the hike back to the parking area. We did see someone get dehydrated trying making the trip back up $10 per person and totally not kid friendly (It is a clothing optional area) this app needs to be updated

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! You do have to cross a river, follow the big rocks in the middle it’s only waist/chest deep! Wonderful all in all! You also have to pay $10 to park

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a hiker rescue! He’ll be fine :)

hiking
5 months ago

This is based in my personal experience. It was a nice hike, but too sad some people go there to get high and drunk. The way down is easy but the way back could be challenging if you’re not prepared. The water on the river that you have to cross to get to the hot springs was FREEZING, I could barely feel my feet. Take a lot of pictures cause is easy to forget where you came from at the time to head back.

hiking
6 months ago

New graffiti along trail unfortunately as of March, including a swastika.

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blowdown
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scramble
6 months ago

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private property
6 months ago

We had a great experience. Went through the ranch & paid our $10 the trail was clean & easy to get to the hot springs with the maps they provided at the toll booth. Hot springs were clean and no trash. Overall pretty good experience for a Monday! I will go back!

7 months ago

Make sure to bring water

8 months ago

We tried to go today but our GPS took us to a different route. I’m glad that we have a cross trek, because we were unaware that it was a dirt road (crabs flat). I wished it was mentioned on the hike. We will try to go an other time. We still had a great time and enjoyed the view.

8 months ago

The owner said that access to the springs via his property is permanently closed. This may change subject to his whims, but steer clear unless you want a serious chewing out. Owner referenced the number of people that come unprepared and the "daily" rescues. The road in and out was dicey after the recent rains. Who knows if it's actually closed or if he just decided to close it for the day, either way, the owner was very rude.

hiking
8 months ago

It is now $10 per person for day use! Update to those coming through Bowen Ranch. The owner no longer allows camping at his property and is very strict on entry and exit for day hikes. The hours are 7am - 5pm and he wants people out before dark or he charges an extra $10 per person. He will not let anyone in during rainy days. The road is already washed out from recent rains. We just went on 12/15/18 and there was a helicopter rescue so the owner isn’t lying its happening way too frequently. Unfortunately the popularity of this place due to Instagram, travel blogs and hiking apps like AllTrails have led to an unprecedented number of people illegally camping at the springs, leaving lots of garbage and getting lost requiring the sheriff to search and rescue many people via helicopter. A man died at the springs this past august because he was jumping from rocks into shallow water while trying to get GoPro footage of himself. The other road by his property is only for offroading vehicles and many have gotten stuck there, please don’t. Finally do not go to the springs if you are not comfortable with nudity!

8 months ago

great place

9 months ago

My favorite trail. Relatively easy hike through the desert to beautiful hot springs. Any car can handle the “off roading”- drive slow. Must see

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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
10 months ago

We weren’t expecting nudists at the hot spring but the trail was fun, challenging and had spectacular views.

10 months ago

1st of all there's a gate that's locked. Once you find a way around you will need a vehicle with high-clearance to reach the top. Nobody said that in these comments so unless you want to waste time & money to go out and discover this disappointment like we did then listen up. Booo!

10 months ago

If you're going to do this hike, do it from Bradford Ridge. We did the Bradford Ridge side in July and it was much more enjoyable. Less people, more difficult (we like the challenge) and you don't have to deal with the gate guard. We are very respectful people and the gate guard was just rude. We were only going down for a couple hours and they made us take our wine bottle out of our packed cooler and put our firewood on the side and proceeded to tell us "we shouldn't even be open because people break rules all of the time." We weren't camping down there nor were we going to drink. We had brought my boyfriend's parents with us. It was just an annoying 20 minutes of telling us about stuff we didn't care to know about and the way the talked to us was condescending. I absolutely LOVE Deep Creek Hot Springs but will, for now on, do it from Bradford Ridge if I make my way back there someday. tips: If you do take this side, be short and sweet with the gate guard to avoid a long schpeil. If you have firewood in your car (and aren't using it down by the creek...not allowed anyways) and don't feel like unloading all of it...put it under a blanket or hide it. Also, if you have a bottle of wine under 10 pounds of ice, water and food and don't plan to drink it, don't tell them you have it because they'll make you dig through the big ass cooler to put it on the side of the road. I am not typically a complainer but figured others needed to hear for themselves. I've read the reviews before going and prepared to be as nice/professional/respectful as possible. They're just annoying old crotchity folk.

hiking
10 months ago

Is camping no longer allowed at Bowen Ranch? I know it’s a long shot, but trying to get some intel last minute for an overnight trip out there tonight/tmrw. I camped there last time but this was years ago. Maybe things have changed? Gatekeeper wasn’t bad like many have said, we were respectful and chill and didn’t have any problems. He gave us detailed directions for the hike in and some tips, such as starting while there’s still a bit of light, and paying attention to trail landmarks, as the trail can be confusing in the dark. The camping was nothing special (basically a gravel lot) but you’re there for the hot springs, not the campsite. They were as awesome as all the reviews indicate! Would go back again. Actually. We’re going today haha. Considering another alternative—hiking in via Bradford Ridge. Can anyone recommend campsites an easy shot from that trail? Either developed or primitive... Main thing is it’s super last minute so looking for an option that doesn’t require reservations. Thanks!!’

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