Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Spanish Fork, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
636 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

forest

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

As of October 2018, this route to Fifth Water Hot Springs is closed, because the Diamond Fork road leading to the trailhead is closed. An alternate route to this area is from Sheeps Creek Road. You can also find this route on AllTrails as "Fifth Water Hot Springs from Rays Valley Trailhead". These hot springs are a very fun and scenic attraction. There are several pools of varying temperatures along with a beautiful waterfall. Be sure to wear shoes when walking between pools as there have been reports of broken glass on the trail. Fifth Water Hot Springs are located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which splits off from Spanish Fork Canyon. Total drive time from Spanish Fork, Utah is about a half hour on paved roads. At the trailhead, there is lots of parking and a bathroom. Please note that parking is limited in the on-site lot. Parking on the street is discouraged as parking tickets are common. From the trailhead, follow the trail southeast along the east bank of Sixth Water Creek. Do not cross the foot bridge. After 1.0 mile, you will come to another foot bridge, which you should cross. This is the junction of Sixth Water Creek (from the left) and Fifth Water Creek (from the right). About a mile after the footbridge, the water will turn milky blue and start smelling like sulfur. You're getting close. At 1.2 miles from the footbridge, you'll see the lower hot springs on your right. Someone built a rock pool and diverted the hot water into it, so it's pretty deep. Another 20 yards upstream are two other hot springs. One is on the left side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall, and the other is on the right side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall.

hiking
3 hours ago

Open today as well! We arrived around 9:30am Sunday morning, only a few cars in the parking lot. We soaked for 3 hours and around 12:30/1:00 people were coming in so quickly. We passed about 10 groups hiking up, and the parking lot was CRAZY FULL.

So advice?

Don’t forget water shoes!
There’s lots of little hot pools above the waterfall.
Arrive early morning.
We saw a few nude people (but it wasn’t bothersome or annoying, they were alone in nature)
A few broken glass bottles which is so annoying because the pool bottoms are soft and stepping onto glass would be so bad.

2 days ago

Diamond Fork road wasn’t closed this morning, had the springs to myself for almost an hour.

9 days ago

i went sunday. the alternate route is from sheeps creek road. about 10-15 miles past diamond fork. once you make the left on sheeps creek road, another 11 miles of windy road. trailhead is on the left. you can see my recording to get an idea of where you start. hope this helps

14 days ago

Steven-how do you get to the alternate trail??

16 days ago

Called the ranger station and diamond fork was still closed, she didn’t know when they would reopen it. So I went and used the alternate trail. Very steep and strenuous compared to the normal trail, but still did it in about an hour each way. Had the whole place to myself, but water levels are low in all the pools, and the river was nice and muddy today. I posted pictures too in case anybody wants to see.

17 days ago

The road was closed as of a couple days ago due to fire related things. If you must know, call the Spanish fork ranger station and inquire if the diamond fork road is open again yet or not.

17 days ago

So the ‘trail’ is closed? Or the gate for the road is closed? I’ve hiked to it when the gate was closed.

hiking
18 days ago

Those anyone know if the trail is open now?

20 days ago

Trail is still closed as of Oct. 1st due to the fires. I'm not sure how to find updates. The fire wasn't listed on the map.

21 days ago

Easy walk to beautiful hot springs. Not crowded when we went early in the morning. The trail is mostly flat and very well maintained. The hot springs are just as colorful as they look in the pictures. Many are too hot to swim in so be careful. Definitely going back.

21 days ago

FYI trail currently CLOSED related to fire.
I only gave 5 star so it wouldn’t drop the rating.
Plan to come back another time

29 days ago

Don't go. Gross, tons of people who bring their kids and pets to run around and splash and scream in the water.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it but I would try to go later in the day so that you can cool off while soaking in the hot springs. This was also a great hike for someone from out of state (Missouri) as it wasn’t too steep and felt as though I was hiking in Missouri (but better lol). We did see a lot of snakes while on this trail so be careful (but none were venomous). Also, the trail looks like it got washed away a little bit so be careful as it’s gravely and large washouts on the trail itself.
Trail: 5 stars
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Drive to trailhead: very easy paved road

1 month ago

Love these hot springs. Especially beautiful in the fall. Avoid visiting them on a holiday though, if you enjoy solitude...way too many people visit the area on holidays to allow the outing to be enjoyable in my opinion.

2 months ago

We arrived at 9am on a Tuesday and there were 4 cars in the lot. After a very pleasant 2 mile hike we arrived at the springs and had them to ourselves for 45 minutes. That is all the time we needed due to persistent horse flies. The lowest pool felt like a 92f hot tub. It was most splendid and strange to have a hot waterfall jet falling on my back. The hike in and out is very nice due to the flowing stream. We were all very glad we took this amazing hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Easy and fun! Go early, trail gets busy as the day goes on but we had the springs to ourselves before noon. Stop at the first pool you see! It has a mini waterfall and it’s the best of the pools. Once it’s filled, you won’t be getting in. Bring water shoes and bug spray! Horseflies are bad! Great natural hot springs, it’s a sight to see!

hiking
2 months ago

loved the water

hiking
2 months ago

Long but easy hike into the springs. Definitely worth the trip. The springs are beautiful and relaxing. Take bug spray!! Horse flies were the size of my fiancé and not as nice :)

The springs are varying in temperature. The bottom spring, the first “pool” you come to is like a nice hot tub temperature. The further up the path you go the hotter they get. Too hot to stay in.

All in all worth the trip!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Fun but packed in the summer. The trick is to go in the fall or early winter. Snow scares the crowds away.

2 months ago

Fun

2 months ago

Heaven.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and easy to do. Be ready to deal with horse flies-they hurt when they bite! Besides that, this trail was beautiful. There were quite a few people here. Get there before 9:30 for good parking. Keep in mind that the sign for the parking lot is only visible when you come from one direction. We passed it and had to ask for directions to get there. There is a lot of shade on the trail which was really nice.

hiking
2 months ago

5 miles round trip! We got to the parking lot on a Monday at 8AM and had plenty of spaces to choose from. This was a fairly easy hike. I had 3, 11 year olds with me and we all managed just fine. The waterfall is very low this time if the year so the hot springs were considerbly more hot than we expected. The trail is fairly wide and well maintained. When we got down the parking lot was full and people were parking randomly. I got an unwanted full view of some lady's boobs who was standing bare chested rummaging through something beside her car which was by mine. I had 3 preteen boys with me so I asked her to please cover up. She didn't seem so happy I said something but not everyone wants their kids to be seeing some naked woman. Other than that and the horrid bathrooms at the parking lot the hike was very enjoyable! We did see a few snakes so try to stick to the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Took the entire family of six (two year-old rode in a backpack, but four year-old walked on his own). Don't be misled by the report of small elevation gains—the cumulative effect of all of the up and down builds up after a while, especially with small kids. Also, hearing that the springs at the top were too hot to even touch, much less climb into, we ended up splashing around in a small pool about a quarter of a mile from the top of the trail. All said, it was a SCORCHINGLY hot day and at only 6,000 feet in elevation, you don't get much relief from the temperatures of Utah in late July. Also, while the trail is shaded in sections, there is still a lot in direct sun. Would be fun to try it again when it's cooler out!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved doing this hike when there was still snow. It made the hot springs that much more fun and rewarding.

3 months ago

We arrived at the hot springs by 8 am Friday morning and only two other cars in parking lot. Very few people came and went before 10 am. It was getting crowded after 10 so we left. We enjoyed this fairly easy hike and loved the hot springs. The most enjoyable hot springs I've ever been to. Don't pass this hike up. Follow advice to arrive early, be respectful of others enjoying the pools, please take out your own trash, watch out for rattlesnakes and other wildlife, most importantly take your time and enjoy this wonderful place.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike in and fun hot springs. Avoid on the weekends as it’s super packed

hiking
3 months ago

Don't let the elevation gain fool you. Although it is only a 636 ft gain, you at least double it with the constant up and down. Great hike as well as beautiful drive to the trail head. We must have been between groups because we passed many on their way out and were the only ones at the spring for about 10 min. before several others arrived. Temperature of the water out of the falls portion was 115-120 per another hiker that brought a thermometer. Too hot to stay in it for mid day, but would be perfect for early morning or late evening.

hiking
3 months ago

Don't let the elevation gain fool you. Although it is only a 636 ft gain, you at least double it with the constant up and down. Great hike as well as beautiful drive to the trail head. We must have been between groups because we passed many on their way out and were the only ones at the spring for about 10 min. before several others arrived. Temperature of the water out of the falls portion was 115-120 per another hiker that brought a thermometer. Too hot for mid day, but would be perfect for early morning or late evening.

hiking
3 months ago

This would definitely be a 5 star, but the hike and hot springs are overly popular now. Beautiful at sunset and fun at night with lanterns and some good music.

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