DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
328 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

views

wildlife

muddy

scramble

hiking
28 days ago

Boondocked at Mugrage Campground (at the trailhead, free dispersed camping up to 14 days with a pit toilet and a running creek within easy walking distance from all sites, but otherwise no hookups) and hiked in to the hot springs. About a 20-30 minute hike, depending on dalliances. Distance ain't bad, but prepare for some steep trekkin' on the trailhead and some light rock climbin' to get down to the pool from the cliff, but nothing requiring specific climbin' gear. Secure footwear and hands are all y'need. Highly suggest recording the trail through the app your first time with gps on to make sure you don't head off on the wrong prong of a fork - there are a few enroute. Definitely go hands-free for ease of climbing and pack as light as you feel comfortable climbin' with. Be aware also that afternoons in this neck of the woods can bring ferocious electrical storms, so either plan to ride out the storms (rain, lightning, and wind as possible conditions during the current season) by hunkerin' down in a rock crevice with rain gear or cross the high road back over the trail before they hit. Looked to be spots around the cliff over the spring to set up a small campsite for y'all backpackers, and no posting against it. The spring itself was delightfully effervescent and warm enough for daylight soakin'. Plenty of soft algae to stroke! With guidin' season, you should see kayakers and rafters rollin' past on the Colorado river, as well as the roar of the passing trains.