Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Spanish Fork, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
These hot springs are a very fun and scenic attraction. There are several pools of varying temperatures and a waterfall. 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. 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. But don't worry, the Fifth Water Hot Springs don't smell bad. 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.
Extremely crowded. People parking in the middle of the road . Hiked this in years past nice fun walk but on a Saturday morning I will never do again. Like walking through a state fair. Not worth the trip.
Good and moderate hike. Even kids can get through this hike. We went there 3 weeks back and it rained the previous day. So it was muddy in some parts of the trail. Hot springs are always occupied so may have to wait to go in. Parking can get full pretty fast. May have to park on the shoulders of the road. Better go early.
We went on this hike today with our 6,4 and 2 year old. It was a great hike, easy for kids who are active and like to be outdoors. The smell of the hot springs isn't pleasant and there's a couple steep ledge areas that are scary with kids otherwise I would have given 5 stars BUT it was way fun overall. We will definitely go back when we're a little more prepared.
This is a very fun and beautiful trail. I admit that I try to go when less people. Have backpacked and hiked in a variety of weather. Be aware that a gate is in place of road to get in during winter months. I'm told there is more than one way into this hike though I've only gone one.
Fairly easy out and back spring-fall. I'll be back! I even saw a moose!
Nice but too crowded and trashy. Would consider going again but not high on my list.
loved it! took 5 kids ages 5-11 no real issues other than a few breaks for the kids!
We parked at the Fifth Water Trailhead on Diamond Fork Road. The hike was about 2.5 miles and took just over 1 hour to get there. There were about 6 different hot pots to choose from; half were below the waterfall and were half above. The hike was beautiful and there were many great backpacking camps both below and above the springs. The weather was great and the trail was dry and free from snow even with all of the rain and snow we have had in the mountains. There were lots of people at the pools wading and sun bathing, but the rest of the trail didn't feel crowded.
Great hike. Hot springs were pretty full but the ones behind the waterfall were less crowded, probably due to having to cross he stream. Water was very cold and fast moving.
Great hike. It's an easy enough trail for flip flops. We decided to do it last minute after we attended the Holi Festival. The springs are amazing and felt so good!!
5th stream hot pots hike today. Perfect day to hike, sunny, no clouds, minimal breeze, 50s. Trail muddy in places from the previous rain. Lots of water over the falls and down the stream
Beautiful hike. Upper springs is much warmer than lower and worth it - a little less traffic. You have to cross the river to get to the upper springs so be prepared! It's running quick right now.