Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail [CLOSED]

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Inyo National Forest

Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail [CLOSED] is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Olancha, 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.

Length10.7 miElevation gain2,562 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsDog friendlyForestHot springsRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeClosed
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INDEFINITE CLOSURE: as of 12/2020 this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd872851.pdf Note: This trail is closed for fire rehabilitation until further notice. Please review the website for more information. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd872851.pdf 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.

Paved parking area. No bathrooms or water. Equestrian entry point.

USDA Forest Service Sequoia National Forest - Kern River Ranger District 760.376.3781 USDA Forest Service Inyo National Forest - Mt. Whitney Ranger District (760) 876-6200 Wilderness info goldentroutwilderness.org

The route to Jordan Hot Springs begins at the Blackrock Trailhead at the end of Forest Service road 21S03 on the Sequoia Nation Forest. The trail heads north at 8960 feet in elevation and descends to Jordan Hot Springs for 5.2 miles. Shortly on the trail hikers will enter the wilderness boundary and be in the Inyo National Forest. The trail is an easy downhill descent into Casa Vieja Meadows. As the trail goes along the west side of Casa Vieja, it intersects another trail entering in from the north to northeastern direction. Take the trail west and down the Ninemile Creek drainage. Here visitors will get to see areas impacted by the McNally Fire of 2002 as the trail continues its steep descent into Jordan Hot Springs. After leaving Casa Vieja 3 miles back, the trail meets up with a historical cabin. It is not habitable as the cabin is leaning. Please do not disturb this historical structure, but instead take a few photos and proceed across the foot bridge to the right (east) of the cabin. Approximately 0.2 miles later the trail will be just north of Jordan Hot Springs (6570 feet). A cow camp is south of the hot springs on the outskirts of a meadow. A nice open and sandy area just north of the hot springs can make a good camping spot. Enjoy fishing, relaxing in the hot springs, and the views of Manzanita Knob (9121 feet) to the south.

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Collin Hightower
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BackpackingGreat!

Wonderful trail. Arrived late Friday night at the trail head and night hiked for about an hour until we reached Casa Vieja Meadows. Only complaint about the meadows was the cows, although I love some beef I don't like it mooing all night! Next day we hiked down to the hot springs and setup camp near one of the abandoned cabins, campsites are great down by the hot springs. Lots of sitting areas and logs to use as tables. The hot springs themselves felt great, the water coming directly from the streams was practically boiling. Highly suggest this trail for any beginners or for a quick weekend trip!

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elle gannon
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BackpackingGreat!
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Paul Esposito
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Too much trash on this trail for a wilderness area! I picked up a camping chair that someone had just left on the trail 2 miles in as well as several wrappers and those nonbiodegradable wet wipes. The hot springs are ok...a lot of iron oxide in the water gives it a rusty look and the bottom of the pools are mucky. No camp fires allowed all year for 2020, you can see evidence of a wildfire at the springs. Hike back up will really kill you if you ever get altitude sickness consider practicing somewhere to get acclimated. Creepy cabins some have been crushed by fallen trees.

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Ryan Thomas
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Hiking

The trail was easy to follow. The hot springs were okay. They could use some maintenance. The creepy old shacks on the hill above the springs would be an excellent place to get murdered by a ghost. The way back up was hard but not difficult. I did it in 2.5 hrs.

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Dadija Blue
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day 2. sucks

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Dadija Blue
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Only recorded way down. started at 7am and weather was gorgeous.

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Olivia Kuan
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Beautiful trail with gorgeous hot springs at the end. Spent 2 nights camping at the springs. We also continued on the BlackRock Trail to the Kern as a day trip. Map is available on the forest service website. The way out is tough, but the trip is well worth the final burn.

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Matthew Rucker
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Great trail, really secluded and moderately trafficked for a Saturday-Sunday overnight trip. Definitely recommend spending a night down by the springs. The way back up is STEEP and relentless for the full 5.5 miles. Springs felt great!

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Zion Cisneros
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Hiking

Awesome trail!!

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Courtney Smith
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Hiking

Did this in a day. Left around 9am, spent a few hours at the springs and got back to the car before 5pm. This was a beautiful hike, but an ass kicker on the way back up.

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Dina Hood
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Hiking

Wonderful trip! Did this on 9/14-15/2019 and conditions were perfect- no bugs, sunny but not too hot, not too cold at night. Was actually a little warmer at the campsite/hot springs at night than was shown on All Trails. Multiple river crossings, some a little technical but we managed to stay dry through all of them. Nice having a constant supply of fresh water! Trail is good too, a straight descent to the springs, and likewise straight ascent back, but gradual each way. Ascending back to the parking lot is definitely the harder day. Could do the trip in one day, but would definitely recommend doing an overnight. You’ll wanna stay and enjoy the hot springs. Springs themselves were excellent too! We lucked out and were the only ones there, if that happens it’s quite private and magical. Just north of the springs is a really great sandy camping spot, very comfy. Just wonderful all around!

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Mike Schwerin
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good hike. plenty of places to filter and fill your water bottles

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Tim Fodrey
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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.

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Jeff Brandon
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Backpacking

The trail is beautiful but be advised that the Casa Vieja backpackers campground is on a meadow that is frequented by herds of cattle. They moo loudly all night long and defecate near the creek. If you can plan on camping at the hot spring it is a better choice. The hot spring and nearby campground is beautiful and well-maintained. From Casa Vieja to the hot spring the trail is steep but worth it.

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David Palmerton
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Hiking

Well marked trail, easy to follow. Several large trees have fallen across the trail and there are places where the brush needs to be cut back. The stream crossings: At Casa Vieja you can almost jump the water, the next one down the canyon is quite easy with some good flat rocks, the third crossing is a bit more challenging, the fourth crossing is a real challenge if you want to keep you feet dry. Overall a real joy going in, and a real workout climbing out.

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Bill Bertrand
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Backpacking

me and five of my Grandchildren did this hike going in was fun ,lot of work coming out ,but we're talking about doing it again. My age hope I can

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Justin Shaw
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Backpacking

Beautiful hike in winter conditions (Jan 1-2 2018) 50% snow and ice currently to 7300 ft. Trail is showing wear and needs a little love but is still easy to follow. Variety of water crossings from solid ice, logs and requiring boot removal and getting wet. Campsite near the springs is comfy with easy water access and a built up fire ring.

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Tim Williams
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Backpacking

This is a beautiful hike, very strenuous but worth it. there are 2 springs on the way down that you can fill up your camel backs - they come right out of the side of the hill! Be prepared to do some deep creek crossings if you go in May or early June - there's 4 of them. If you want to keep going the trail continues to Painter's Camp, another 6 miles but not as steep. This part of the trail will be hot now as all of the ponderosas and sequoias went up in flames during the McNally Fire. With that said, Painter's Camp and the 70 ft waterfall just before it are worth seeing.

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Anthony Montella
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Awesome...

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Valerie Norton
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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.

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Joan Rule
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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! :)

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Steve Hylton
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Hiking

This is a good well maintained trail thats all down hill but hiking back out is very strenous.

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Ken Czerwinski
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The hike was very easy, only took about 1 hr. Easy place to go with the kids. Water resource is down by a cattle field, so go down stream to collect water, and filter it a couple times. Marginal level of bugs, and unfortunately there are cow pies in the meadows. the further up you go the scarcer they become. Nice day hikes down and up the valley. Wonderful stargazing. -written by Emma 12 yrs old

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Dirk Frieser
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Trevor Barrow
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Derrick Riley
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Afra Roet
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Ian Britt
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