Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 254 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.

hiking
10 minutes ago

One our favorite family hikes!

5 days ago

Saw one big snake and 2 little ones. The hike itself was really easy and pretty. The springs smell pretty bad but you get used to it. Take off your jewelry, the sulfur tarnished all my silver stuff. Went on a Monday night and it was busy. Loved it though!

hiking
6 days ago

Love it

7 days ago

Saw a few snakes. Good moderate level hike. Not overcrowded at all.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful but busy. Be aware that the Diamond Fork road has no sign, and the trail isn't marked. Follow the directions others have given here, and you'll be fine.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

So many butterflies. Beautiful butterflies....

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21 days ago

Always an amazing time at the hot springs! Lots of rattle snakes this trip! Be careful all! 6/3/17

22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Do it at night with a full moon. Spiritual experience.

backpacking
23 days ago

camping
25 days ago

We loved this trail. Took a kid carrier along for my toddler with enough gear to camp overnight. We were lucky to find a spot in the parking lot by the trailhead at 9am on Memorial Day weekend. (Saturday). The trail was a bit congested and we saw a few dogs on the trail (leashed/unleashed). My 8yr old loved this trip; catching lizards, checking out snakes, collecting terrestrial bugs, the spectacular views...amazing! Hot pots were either extremely hot or frigid cold. Hiking, camping, and hammocking was great past the second fall where it was less trafficked and more secluded and shaded. My only complaint was carrying a floppy, dead weight toddler over the eroded trails where there weren't any posts/fencing (ain't gonna lie; got a little scary). Bring sunscreen, water, good shoes (some chic wore fashionable 2-in heeled boots), and more water!!

25 days ago

way too many people that park in the road!!

26 days ago

Pretty trail, almost like you're in southern utah with the red rocks. Very crowded. Be mindful, we saw 2 Rattlesnakes within 2 miles, with some insane guy catching one and letting his young daughter pet it....

backpacking
26 days ago