McCauley Hot Springs

MODERATE 72 reviews
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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

hiking
10 hours ago

We had heard that this trail was not clearly marked, however we followed what we thought the trail was and made it up there! The Springs are warm rather than hot, but it's beautiful once you get there! Biggest advice is, if it seems like the trail is trying to lead you one way.. take that path. We ran into a couple that was debating on which way to go, it very much seemed like there was a path trying to lead us left so we went left, they followed and they were glad they did.

Well.....we didn't actually make it. I guess we took a wrong turn somewhere after we took a left at the fallen sign. But we did lend up on top of Battleship Rock. Incredible views.

8 days ago

Beautiful trail I will definitely do again. I would not do this without the trail map downloaded tho!

hiking
10 days ago

1+15 hike up to the springs from Battleship picnic area, and well worth it. The trail was a little confusing at times but the most important things to keep in mind are as follows: Make a left at the fallen sign, then 5 minutes later the trail forks and you need to go right (up the steeper trail away from Battleship rock). Enjoy!

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Began with the intention of completing the McCauley Warm Springs trail. However, Trail 137 connects up to the Jemez Falls trail, as part of the East Fork Trail, making this about 8+ miles with the added bonus of viewing the falls. I agree with the other commentators that the MWS trail could be better marked... Parking for day-use is $5. Camping is also an option for the same ppd.
So, to add on to the MWS hike from Battleship rock, simply continue on the path after the quaint warm springs and climb upward to arrive at the Jemez Falls trail-head and picnic area.
Plenty of sun-dappled shade, lovely vistas, mountain breezes, and a light afternoon sprinkle.

1 month ago

I give five stars because it's a beautiful area and the springs are quite magical. There's a smaller, more shallow, warmer spring at the bottom and a bigger, less warm spring at the top that you can swim in. It's about three feet deep, I'd guess.
As others stated, the trail can be confusing though, as it's poorly marked. You start at the east trail map and take the trail to the left of the river. Keep right. Go left at the fallen sign. You'll eventually come to a fork, go right and follow the red trail markers on the trees. If you go left, on the edge of the mountain, you're going the wrong way and the trail will end.
It's a completely uphill trail so make sure to wear good shoes.
Overall, my friends and I loved it once we found it and it made the hike worthwhile. We had it completely to ourselves on a Thursday afternoon. We had to cut it short when it started to pour rain but it was fun! We'll definitely be back.
Also disclaimer that I did not know: It costs $5 (cash/check only) to park near the trail and that lot closes at 6. If you stay past that time, you'll have to find the woman in the RV to unlock the gate for you.

1 month ago

Trail is badly marked, one sign could save a lot of experienced hikers trouble. We missed it and ended up towards that top of the flat mtn and had to gps track back to main trail. But the Springs were warm and very nice.

1 month ago

I absolutely loved this trail! I camped at Jemez Falls for a few days and climbed this trail every day with my dog. It takes about an hour to get there if you know the way. I was lucky enough to find it easily by myself as I didn't find this app until I got home. I recommend bringing plenty of water. I also brought a few pool toys to play with my dog and to float. The water is about swimming pool temp which is nice in the heat of summer. It is cooler than some of the other springs in Jemez, and the main pool is big enough to swim in! Little fish eat the dead skin off your feet for a Japanese mountain pedicure. Scrub yourself down before going if you think you'd find it uncomfortable.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good enjoyable hike on an ok trail. The trail is rocky and a steady climb. Watch for rock cairns and tree flagging to help you at forks in the trail. Water is probably around 90 degrees - comfortable but at a temperature that sustains little fish who nibble on your skin. Seriously on of my favorite places in the entire state!

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

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!!

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.