Hot Creek Interpretive Trail

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Hot Creek Interpretive Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitmore Hot Springs, California that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.4 miles
59 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


hot springs




Hot Creek is a place to marvel at geology in action. Imagine standing inside an ancient volcano! What remains of the ancient Long Valley Caldera blast is a region of fascinating geologic wonders: hot springs, fumaroles and craters. Explore the ever-changing wonders of the earth at Hot Creek. Boiling water bubbling up from the creek bed, fumaroles and periodic geyser eruptions at Hot Creek attest to the chamber of hot magma which lies about three miles below the surface of the earth in this area. The steam you see along the Hot Creek drainage is created when water percolates deep into the ground and enters a complex underground plumbing system. The water is heated and pressurized before it rises to the earth's surface. It is believed this journey takes around 1000 years. Earthquakes can cause sudden geyser eruptions and overnight appearances of new hot springs at Hot Creek. Water temperatures can change rapidly, and so entering the water is prohibited.

4 months ago

It’s mind blowing!

5 months ago

Beautiful area!

8 months ago

Walked the fishing trail from the first parking lot on Hot Creek Hatchery Rd. Incredibly easy and short hike after the drop in. Has a few little hills to navigate but nothing too crazy. Has a few places to drop in for the more adventurous. Great walk right next to the creek. Tons of deer, duck, and other fauna. Can get quite busy on weekends. Tons of mosquitos so come prepared. You can great rather close to the geothermal area for some nice photos. If you stay on the inside of the fence you can walk across the interpretive area and can take the game trail following the creek all the way to Whitmore Tubbs Rd. for a dip in one of the hot springs. Or you can continue on to do the Hot Creek Trail as described on AllTrails before heading back.

2 days ago

7 months ago


Saturday, July 04, 2015