Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 300 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.

4 days ago

it was beautiful

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5 days ago

I love this trail!

6 days ago

This was a great hike. My 13 yr old grandson and I had a great time. We left at 7:30am on a Thursday and had the whole place to ourselves. A blast! On the way down around 10:00 am we saw a few hikers on their way up - including a 50+ year old man hiking buck naked. Not a sight I wanted my grandson to see. We can't unsee it now. I used to live in Oregon and that happens all the time there but it was very disappointing it happened here. Oh well. Didn't change the opinion of the hike. I recommend it.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

We went on a Tuesday evening hoping it wouldn't be as crowded as weekends. Wrong! Very crowded at the springs and the trail was busy too. The trail is maintained and not too difficult. The springs were the perfect temperature but again you were sharing every pool with a lot of people. Met some cool people but also dealt with a lot of drunks with zero respect for nature. We saw probably a dozen beer cans and other trash scattered around the main springs.

11 days ago

Great place to visit. Nice trail to the hot spring. We left the parking lot around 8:15am and was already packed. As we headed back toward the parking lot we passed huge groups of people. Make sure you go early! Also, many dogs were headed to the springs and this isn't really a good place for a dog. People ended up tying them to a tree near the hot springs which just caused them to be anxious.

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11 days ago

Great hike and falls and hot springs were amazing. We started the hike about 7:30am on Saturday. Only ran into a few people until the hike back. Met some great friendly people. Enjoyable time.

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

This was a great hike, I loved seeing the amazing scenery. we left about six pm and made it back down to our car by 9. while we were there i think there were only about 15 people, we had a blast. the waterfall is beautiful. as we were leaving we passed alot of people coming up at night also. It appears the early hours or late hours are the time to go.

12 days ago

nice hike with gorgeous hot springs and waterfall. go very early in the morning to avoid the crowds. we got to the hot springs at 7 am on a Thursday morning and we're the only ones there. Left at 8:30 and passed more than 50 people hiking in, so it can get very crowded.

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12 days ago

Beautiful diverse scenes alternating between red rocks and brown trails through sparse woods filled with shrubbery. In early August I saw lots of birds and some potguts scurrying around. There were some beautiful green banks with flowers right around the head of the hot water springs. The hottest pools were at the base of the waterfall but some a little further down were still pleasantly warm. The sulfur smell only comes towards the last hundred yards or so and is bearable until you get used to it.
There were also a few places along the trail where the brook had little calm clear pools that were great for cooling off in.

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20 days ago

Perfect little hike to do in the late summer, fall, and early winter. Not a hike you want to do in the spring due to snow melt (the pots get cold) But in the fall they are perfect. The trail is easy, with just a few steep areas. Gets pretty crowded though, even in the middle of the night.

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22 days ago

I took a small dog and 6 kids with me today - ranging in age from 9 to 17. They all did great on the hike and enjoyed playing in the waterfall. Since we hiked in the middle of the day, the hot pots weren't enticing. We were surprised how HOT some of the water is, so definitely test each area before walking in. Wear swimsuits under your clothes so you can swim after the hike and bring either water shoes or flip flops to put on while walking on the rocks around the water. There are a few areas along the hike where the dirt has washed away recently due to heavy rain, which has made the trail very thin with a steep drop-off. The kids and dog handled it OK, but someone with less balance would really struggle.

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24 days ago

A great little hike. We did it at night on the way up, hug out in the upper pools for like 7 hours, and then came down the next morning. Fun times.

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1 month ago