Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 352 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

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5 days ago

This one is not a one and done! It will be done again someday, for sure.
When I read the trail name, "Fifth Water Hot Springs," I honestly did not think I'd see much of a springs or even feel a hot springs. Every other places I have been with the name "hot springs" in it (such as Hot Springs, Arkansas or Hot Springs, Wyoming either did not have a hot spring or did not have one I could access. Additionally, any springs we did find were cold water, not hot.)
Ok, enough about that. On to this hike. Alltrails.com said this is a moderately hard, heavily trafficked trail. I'd agree this is heavily trafficked, but not that it's moderately hard. It's long. I'll give it that. It's about 5 miles, in and out, so it's longer than the Living Room trail in Salt Lake City, which was 2.2 miles, but Fifth Water is also relatively flatter with less elevation gain (666 was the overall elevation gain as compared to 967 for Living Room). This trail is also easier to walk on as it is relatively flatter, with more packed down dirt, rather than loose stone and boulders. There are big rocks on this trail, but by big I mean you can walk around them!!
Keep in mind as this trail has a lot of people, especially on weekends (when we went), finding parking is not always easy the later in the day you go (we got there about 2:30 and some people were parked .5 mile or more away from the trailhead). Lots of people do carry their backpacks with swimsuits, towels and food to take a dip in and soak in the hot springs at the end of the trail for awhile. So, as we went into the trail, we'd see lots of people pass us (I am a slow walker), but hardly any come back out! When entering the trail, it may be hard to find this trail as it's not marked (and others are). At the trail head, after passing the toilets, you will see one trail straight ahead that follows the left side of the river. Take this one. If you cross the bridge, those trails are different and may not go to the same place. Follow the trail to the left of the river for about 3/4 of a mile to a bridge. Cross this over the river for the remainder of the trail.
I really enjoyed this trail. It was fun, pretty and just the right amount of ups and downs. Hope to go back again someday later!
PS. Keep in mind at least for us, neither of us had cell signal.... a good way to stop using tech for sometime! :)

7 days ago

Trail was beautiful today and was a great place to enjoy the changing leaves. We made it there around noon and it was starting to get crowded. I made it to the parking lot by 10 and grabbed one of the few spots left. By the time we left at 3 the parking lot was way overfull, parking only along the road.

9 days ago

Amazing area. Went while all the trees were changing color. Reds and yellows everywhere! Quite a few groups hiking here too but the hot springs are so big, there was no problem finding a spot. Will come back again!

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12 days ago

Super pretty and a really easy hike in! We got there at about 9:15 Saturday morning and it was already pretty packed, but still plenty of room to explore and enjoy the springs! Would highly recommend in fall, the colors are so beautiful!

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13 days ago

beautiful fall colors! great and easy trail

awesome!

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13 days ago

We went with our kids 2 and 4 years old. We took packs just in case and ended up using them at least part of the time. The pools were amazing! Our kids loved it. We took a tent to change clothes in and it was good because it snowed part of the time so our kids had a dry place to change. It's long, but totally worth it! It's moderately easy--even slowing down for 2 sick/elderly people, we did it. It was too much for my mom in law, but the rest of us (3 teens included) were just fine.

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16 days ago

Good trail for sightseeing and fall photography.

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22 days ago

Okay. This is as good as it gets! Gorgeous fall foliage, perfect temps, fairly easy hike, and incredibly stunning hot springs. Lucky us, we had the place almost to ourselves, arriving and leaving in between waves of other hikers (Started hike at 2:15pm Thursday and left the Hot Springs at 5:30pm). There is something special about the milky blue water next to the bright reds and yellows and greens of the leaves. This was our 27th hike since June 1st, and though 5 miles is a little long for my kids with special needs, they did great! We couldn't have done this one 3 months ago, but we're stronger now. Yes!

24 days ago

Beautiful trail! Fun hike! And gorgeous hot springs!

26 days ago

good trail, well used. the hot springs are really cool. well worth the hike.