McCauley Hot Springs

MODERATE 57 reviews
#3 of 69 trails in

McCauley Hot Springs is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jemez Springs, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

hot springs

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rating it a 4, just because the hot springs - when you can finally find them - are breathtaking and very warm! we had the whole trail and pools to our self on a Tuesday evening. it was lovely. but only a 4 for these reasons: took us 3 full different attempts doing the hike and trying to find the springs due to false trails! the lower "trail" shown on alltrails IS NOT A TRAIL!! don't follow it, we found markers also along it leading us falsely, but it's literally just a climb up the side of the mountain. we climbed on ZERO TRAIL up the side of the mountain, for 4 hours! if we hadn't been recording on here we wouldve been totally lost!. it eventually led us up to where the Jemez Falls trail is, once we could find it- still never coming around the springs!. so definitely try to stay on the north end trail, it's super easily and well defined once you find it. you pass up past the hot springs- that's the trail you should only follow!!

12 days ago

16 days ago

Nice hike away from Albuquerque heat. As other have said, trail in not marked well (at least coming from the Battleship Rock side.

20 days ago

20 days ago

the hike in was really difficult from the campgrounds but once we found the warm springs it was quite breath taking. From the campgrounds it took us about two hours to find them. If you're coming from the north we found that if you stay right it is much easier to get to the springs. the terrain is quite rough and was a little exhausting for us because we are not well seasoned hikers. The springs had little fish that seemed to be eating the dry skin off our feet. it was a great experience and well worth the soreness.

21 days ago

We found the warm springs! It's a lovely hike, but a bit confusing as others have stated. The thing that saved us was having GPS and the map open on my phone, so we were eventually able to find it when we got off the trail. Well, we were on a pretty well-beaten trail, but it wasn't The Trail to the springs.
A few notes. You park at the base of Battleship Rock, and there are picnicking spots at the base of the hike. Also yes regarding going left at the bottom of the hill where the sign has fallen down. We did the hike correctly on the way back, but still don't know where we went wrong on the way up.
Also not sure about finding the loop on the way back--allegedly you can take a loop, according to the map. We didn't have time to explore for it after dipping in the wonderful warm springs, but other folks we ran into said there wasn't a true way back that direction. Next time I'd like to find out.
Also it was pretty crowded on a holiday weekend, and lots of kids were doing an awesome job hiking the trail. But the warm springs were in great shape. Great views from the hike too.

hiking
24 days ago

Careful to stick to main trail. Easy to veer off with all the criss-crossing trls and switchback cuts due to traffic.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great hike that, along with a 30 minute stop at the springs, took about 3 hours to complete. I highly recommend staying on the north half of the loop, and don't even try the south side. We went up the north side, and down the south side, but the south side sucked! There was no trail whatsoever, we merely tried to follow the "trail" on the app's map in order to work our way back around to the north trail.

The views are amazing, and this is definitely a moderate hike. We started around 11, with only a few folks in the trail. But by the time we got down to the bottom, the parking lot was packed. So, earlier the better if you want a chance at getting the springs to yourself.

1 month ago

beautiful, but trails are not well defined

1 month ago

Great hike, but as mentioned the trail can be hard to find and stay on. The trail starts at the bench just below Battleship rock. Stay left when you reach the fallen over sign for McCauley Hot Springs. You will soon come to a place where the trail splits, take a right and head up among the rocks (look for a stone cairn on a big rock to mark the turn up). The trail is blazed by a red circle with a walking person on it, as well as little white tacks on some trees. The springs are great for a soak and the hike was beautiful!

Great views of many rock formations but it can be hard to find the right trail. There are many paths to campsites, dead ends, make sure you stay on the hiking path. Some campers put up ribbons to guide presumably their friends to their sites, do not follow the ribbons! Also, despite some attempts, we did not find the southern part of the loop. Our hike turned into a great in-and-out hike, the pools are warm and fun to dip your feet in, you can continue towards Jemez Falls if you are looking for a longer hike. The views are spectacular.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a cool trail with a lot of great scenery. However, it's poorly marked and you can find yourself off trail or on a dead end spur trail rather easily. The main map makes it appear that there are two routes at one point. I took the south and it quickly devolved into nothing and I had to cut through the woods to find the more northern route. But besides that, pretty awesome. The elevation gain can kick your but at times if you're it used to it. The springs are more like warm springs, but I preferred that that after the hike.

2 months ago

Loved the trail and views. The hot springs were cool and I was surprised to see little fish! Kids loved it to.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Poorly marked.

3 months ago

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3 months ago