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Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail

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Jordan Hot Springs Via Casa Vieja Trail 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.

Distance: 10.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,562 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly





horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching


hot springs



wild flowers


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.

10 days ago

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.

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!

7 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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.

Friday, June 01, 2018

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.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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

Saturday, January 06, 2018

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Monday, September 29, 2014

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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

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! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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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