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

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 636 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest Hot springs River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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Note: As of September 2020, this trail is closed indefinitely for public health and safety. Please check here for updates and more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/uwcnf/recarea/?recid=9861 Users have reported that during winter months there is a closed gate on the road leading to the trailhead. This closure adds 1.5 miles each way to the hike. There is a small lot but parking can be an issue. Do not park on the road and pay attention to the parking signs as the Sheriff does issue tickets. 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, a sign that you're getting close. About a mile 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.

Each hot spring is a different temperature, so Fifth Water Hot Springs are enjoyable in any season. Bring plenty of water because the hot water tends to dehydrate you. Don't forget your swimming suit. Keep an eye out for bears.

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Chelsea Sayegh
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Hi - very sad to hear about an overdose...? Does anyone have an article they can post with a review? I’m not finding any articles online that validate this death. Thanks!

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Taylor Freeman
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Hiking

Trail closed because someone overdosed and died

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Kayla Aragon
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Closed

Please read reviews and be respectful of the situation. Somebody overdosed in the pools, therefore contaminating them. There is a hefty fine if you're found up there.

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Samantha Haught
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I don’t understand why this trail is closed!?? If it’s because of COVID that’s dumb. Schools around the United States are open. Bars, restaurants, and more. What makes you think you are going to get COVID on this trail but not other places. Open it back up!!!

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Cassie Pickering
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This trail will be closed for a long time, yes there was an overdose but the body got stuck in the pots and has disintegrated. Probably won’t be open for 2 years or more

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Melanie Kammerer
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Is this still closed? How much is the fine if you go up?

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Emily Wolo
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Trail still closed looks like there’s a fine if you get caught on the trail.

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Kasey Severson
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are people still hiking up there even though it’s closed?

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Taylor McGinnis
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Closed

While I love these hot springs, I called the ranger station today and it is still closed with no ETA for reopening. Didn’t go up there in person as it’s not worth a potential ticket.

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ZeroC00L User
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Hiking

is this still closed, how long does it take to investigate an overdose...???

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Brandon-April Jacobson
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Is this still closed? Have the authorities finished their investigation?

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Alyssa Snyder
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Went up July 29th and it is blocked off and closed.

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Adam Kahan
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is this closed?

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Jennifer Dayle
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super worth it. not a big crowd.

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Tanya Stava
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People need to realize that when areas are closed it means just that! If most people would have known what happened, they would have not bothered! There was an active investigation involving a missing person that accidentally overdosed at the top pods and with water temperatures so hot the body disintegrates faster flowing down through the other affected areas. There's many more trails to hike and places that are open for family friendly rendezvous, just not here.

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Sierra Lopez
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Nice hike, encountered a snake on the path, it smells like sulfur half way into the hike. If you hike past the hot springs up the waterfall the river water is cold.

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Laura Munson
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Closed

We went on the 4th of July, when you got up to the hot springs there was US Forrest Service sending you back down. They were also giving out tickets to parked cars.

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Sidney McConkie
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Beautiful trail with a gradual incline

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Jill Wallace
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Awesome hike! The parking lot is closed and they’ve barricaded off all parking pull outs above the trailhead. You must park in the Dry Canyon Campground about 1 mile below the trailhead. Parking is free for day use. No one bothered us on the hike and in the pools. We dropped the kids off at the trailhead while we went down and parked. If you do that, have your group walk around the corner so you’re not visible from the road! We did have a Ranger stop us on the way down the road back to the car and ask us what we were doing, but we just said we were walking on the road Do not try this on the weekend. I’ve heard there are lots of Rangers ticketing. We did it on a Tuesday morning.

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Vie Hayk
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A very pleasant and an easy hike about 7 miles back and forth to see Fifth Water Hot Springs starting from Three Forks trailhead. 6/27/2020 (Saturday) still officially closed but lots of people hike around so you won't be alone. Seen couple of snakes on our way and 2 mountain bikers so just be aware. Parked on a Campground and headed up on Diamond Fork Rd to reach the entrance (about a mile before Three Forks Trailhead entrance). P.S. Rangers are driving back & forth on the road and at the entrance but this is in the morning till lunch time. Haven't seen any ranger after 1 pm - ish.

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Tharon Smith
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why is this trail still closed? Covid restrictions are lifted almost everywhere. even Chuck a rama is opening. If i can go eat food at a buffet, then this trail and hot springs should be plenty safe. #fakevirus There is something else going on here. Conspiracy?

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Benjamin Hamm
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Well I was one of those that decided to park at Dry Canyon Campground and hike in secretly. I had to circumnavigate the Fifth Water parking lot and trailhead because there were rangers there. Unfortunately, when I did meet up with the trail, I thought it was the right one and I followed it for 4.5mi before realizing I'd made a dreadful mistake. Please, if you're looking for the Fifth Water hiking trail that actually goes to the springs, DO NOT take the bike trail off to the right. You will be hopelessly unsuccessful.

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Judd Hunter
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Mountain biking

The trail appears to still be closed, but there are a lot of people on it. I enjoyed the bike ride up and back. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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Charlie Schulman
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went on Wednesday, last day in town from Arizona. the trailhead is technically closed and signs for no park along road. can park just back down the road at dry canyon campground. the trail itself is easy/moderate. about 2.5 miles with a manageable incline. the trail follows the creek the whole way and is very pretty. at the end there is a beautiful waterfall and a bunch of pools of differing temps as the hot spring and cold stream water mix. highly recommend it.

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Wayne O.
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Packed our gear and drove an hour to hike the springs. Having never been, we were quite excited. When you get there there is a big sign threatening to arrest you if you get even close. What could be more socially distancing than walking two miles in the woods? This is ridiculous! Open up the trail! We did not want to break the law so we drove home. What a waste.

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Bailee Merrill
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So pretty and a really easy hike. You’re next to the creek the entire time. It is closed butttttt not hard to get into. You just have to park about a quarter mile up the road or down at the dry canyon campground. Weird little worms in the water? Maybe nematodes?

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Mike Dopp
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campground was open and full. as of 6/4/2020

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Lydiaa Egelhoff
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is it still closed?

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Eva Carlson
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still closed. People are parking along the side of the road anyway, but I heard they are getting ticketed

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