Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Porterville, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Trail goes downhill for approximately 5.2 miles. The first 2 miles to Casa Vieja is an easy downhill while the remaining 3.2 miles is steep. Plan accordingly if you want to day hike it as uphill is hard and steep. Jordan Hot Springs makes a great overnight trip. The trip can be done in a day, but one may not be able to fully enjoy resting in the hot springs. Prior to the area becoming a wilderness, people would enjoy these springs. In fact according to the Inyo National Forest Mount Whitney Ranger District, Native Americans used this area for summer encampments for hundreds of years. The springs were named after John Jordan, who while building a trail from Visalia to Olancha drowned in the Kern River. Later miners, travelers, and recreationalists would use the springs during the summer. In the early 1900s there was a resort established. However, once Congress signed the Wilderness Act in 1978, the development around Jordan Hot Springs was slowly removed. Today visitors can see the old cabins, cow camps, and pillars in the springs were docks were built.
Hiked as part of a big loop over Kern Peak from Lewis Camp (Sequoia side). The trail down is a little scary because the trees are really coming down after the fire so long ago. I met the group ahead of me while they investigated the tree that had fallen just behind them and just ahead of me. The spring was just what was needed for day 6.
Great work out totally do it again. Backpacked in and stayed over night. Is actually about almost 7 miles each way. As I had map the trail with my fitness pal.
From trail head sign in to hot spring 98% downhill working your hamstring and calves & that's means hiking back 98% up hills with stairway logs working those quads & butt!!!
Total time hiking in was about 2.5 hours hiking out took me about 3.5hours
Btw hot spring was awesome! :)
This is a good well maintained trail thats all down hill but hiking back out is very strenous.
This is a great hike I want to do every year. Its a short backpacking trip to some historic old cabins and awesome hot springs.