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Seriously, Your poor dog. I've heard of everything now.. wow!

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13 days ago

Fantastic Hike! Took two hours and three minutes (2.03) of hike time for me round trip. Used 2.1 liters of water, and plenty of sunscreen.
However there is definitely some things to know before you go.
*First - remember this is the desert, it's dry and hot - especially if you are so smart, that you decide to hike the desert in peak summer - August.... (like this guy.....)
*The park's roads and trails, are not maintained. So driving anywhere, higher clearance and 4x4 is recommended. I made it to this trail in a front wheel drive sedan, but you need to know how to drive in the sand.
*Kingsman wash access road and Fortification hill road, are all sand, loose dirt, and loose gravel road. This is not an easy route, so be ready.
*You will drive kingsman road for 15 minutes before coming to a bathroom located on your right. You turn right on to fortification hill road and take it for another 6-8 minutes. It's a long drive, and you won't go faster than 15 mph (maybe 20 if you have the right vehicle)
*Cell service is terrible in the ravines - AT&T didn't work at all on the trail. Once I was half way up, I got decent to pretty strong Verizon service.
*All the trails are mostly loose gravel and sand. Walking sticks will help save your legs, and I fell on my behind three times. Once getting scratched up pretty good by the rocks and cacti.
*It's hot! bring water. I used around 2.1 liters of water in my hike. Good news is there is an amazing crosswind (while it was mostly warm air) it helped me keep pace while walking and getting some relief from the scorching sun.
*Use the trail map, the trails are easily marked. You really have two options. Follow the ravine and stay out of the sun or get on the ridge and head to the top. The ridge you need to follow is directly on your right. It's not marked, but previous hikers and myself tried to stack rocks to help guide you. Mostly you will need to find your own way up in various spots.
* You have one almost step stone/vertical climb at the top of the first ridge, but not at the hills base (next to the steep drop off). You need to go north east round the cliff face and you will find an easy scramble to the very top. again, rocks trying to point the way.
*Enjoy the views and get to the top you will find a wooden pole with an eagle on top. Next to it is an ammo can with supplies, a notebook, and pen inside. Write your story, and where you are from!
*I didn't see anyone in this area for entire weekend, so this trail is not used often.
*After your done go to the lake for a quick dip and enjoy! Make a right after the bathroom and head straight to an area that access to the lake (not many people go there either).

1 month ago

Tried to hike today... closed.

We backpacked in, they allow fires, so we brought some 4 hour logs. we also brought our dog, but the rocks were to rough on his paws. So I suggest shoes for your furry friend. I did some fishing as well. It is also very busy, with canoe guided campers, and to find a decent camp is hard.

this is a short hike in the beautiful mountains of Arizona. we went in October and it was 90 degrees. The water was beautiful and hot. I suggest not drinking the water though.
great for kids 6 and higher.

It was a fun hike through the canyons to the hot springs. Definitely lost the trail along the Colorado a few times. Didn’t try to go all the way through the springs and went back through the canyon.

The hot springs were awesome but we learned many things today after going on this difficult hike: bring lots of water (we had brought 1 gallons worth for 2 people and ran out before we finished the hike) and start early. We started from the parking lot at around 2 pm and made it back at 7 pm. The weather was nice (high of 80 degrees or so) but my hiking companion and I (we are from the North) were showing signs of overheating and dehydration (dizzy, seeing spots). We hikes the southern route both ways which was really tough. The path is mostly sand/gravel and is poorly marked when you get to the Colorado River. We ended up off roading and making several detours in an attempt to find the path. When you get to the Colorado River, you need to go up and around. Going up and down the ladder was really scary and I recommend proceeding with caution as it can be Slippery. Also, definitely test the temperature of the water before stepping inside the hot springs. The lower tier springs were okay temperatures but the higher springs were excruciatingly hot. My favorite part was seeing and dipping my feet into the Colorado River. The water was extremely clear and cold. Perfect for my heat stricken body! I was told that the southern path should not be taken back as it is a mile longer than the north.

Beyond beautiful trail! We did this hike 1 weekend ago and it was amazing. A little tougher on the southside of the trail loop. We started on the north side and then stopped at CO river and then to the hot springs. Make sure u bring swimming clothes or a change of clothes if u plan on passing through the springs. The only way through is to get in the water. it was waist high on me. I am only 5ft 2in. Beautiful view, canyon, flowers everything. I cant wait to go back!

I did this hike may/6/18. Started at 7am took the hot springs trail, went a lil off for like a mile, because it wasn’t clear what track to stay at. but than came back on the trail, the hot springs are beautiful, had a snack at the Colorado river. Than came back they the white rocks trail. It reached 93 degrees, on our way back. Extremely hot, and incline. Not worth it, not much to do or see on that trail. I would just go back thru hot springs next time. Take lots of water! Enjoy!

We went on this Trail yesterday. It’s a beautiful hike. I wish it was marked more clearly on where the loop begins and what direction to keep going in. I strongly strongly suggest brining loads of water. There were 3 of us hiking and 2 of us had 2 liter packs and we ran out well before the hike was over with. Also, while walking though the hot springs the rocks are incredibly slippery and slimy. I slipped on some rocks and fractured my tailbone. Which made the hike back to the parking lot miserable. We will do this trail again but when it is much cooler and we will be more cautious of our feet.

It is a great hike to take out of town guests, but make sure they are acclimated to the heat first! A lady from a Northern state went on the hike today and came back up the giant mountain on the south trail. She had a heat stroke and required rescue. (There is no cell service, not even emergency service, on most of this trail.) Her friend ran back to the trail head to get help and she passed out. It takes three weeks for your body to become acclimated to very hot weather and Arizona Hot Springs trail can be 20 degree hotter than Vegas. After three weeks of being in the heat, your body will switch to hot-weather mode and sweat at a faster rate to cool you better, it will also pump blood away from your core to your skin and extremities to get rid of heat faster. If it is in mild-weather mode, it cannot cool itself fast enough in these temperatures and you can have a heat stroke. Never bring indoor people or people from cool climates on this hike if Vegas is over 80°F. Never take the south trail back, you will be going up a giant mountain with no shade in the brutal sun. It is OK to take it down and then take the north trail back up. Also, take advantage the cold Colorado river and use evaporative cooling! Spend at least five minutes cooling down before coming back up. Get your clothes wet and your clothes will do the sweating for you and keep you cool as the water evaporates from them. This really works!!! Do it!!! It's free and easy!!!

This is a fun hike to bring out of town guests that want to go on an adventure. Just go on a nice day. It can get hot out there. I have on a few occasions taken another route from Kingman's. Which, involved repelling, then rafting down Colorado to Arizona Hot Springs, and then rafting down to Willow Beach after we were done at the Hot Springs. Either route, is fun!

Trail is still open but will be closed May 16th. There is no construction. An earlier reviewer who said it was closed might have been thinking about Goldstrike Canyon, which is closed due to construction.

The northern path is easier since it is between canyons and shade! Also the northern path has this cool ladder to get the hot springs. When going back, my friends and I didn't continue on with the south part of the loop, we went back to the northern path because we wanted to also swim in the cold lake. The cold lake was very cooling since temperatures got close to 90 degrees when I went.

I will definitely hike this trail again it was a lot of fun!

Trail access is currently closed due to construction! Apparently building first responder access!

Overall great time! The hike out was painful, but well worth it. The pools were a great temp (minus the first, that was a scorcher). We will do again once it starts to cool down again.

The trail was easy. Easy to take the wrong loop. My Garmin Oregon 700 was not much help; But the map on my wife's I phone did help. The gravel/ sand makes the going slow for us 68 year old husband and wife. We averaged closer to 1 mph rather than the 2 or 3 mph we walk when in the city or on hard pack trails. The views are nice and the hot springs was enjoyable. We liked seeing the Colorado river. Best part was meeting so many nice people

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4 months ago

Great hike! Use the trail map to make sure you find the place to climb up the steep part to get to the top of the mesa... pretty easy in that one spot... recommend taking the secondary wash trail on the way back down... easier to descend through the loose rock

Such a beautiful hike! Did on a day where the high was 80, the way back was very hard at peak sun hours. So try doing on a cooler day. But absolutely beautiful. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!!

Easy trail to follow and you’ll see the many markers, but a good half of the trail is hiking in the canyon. You’ll get to the Colorado river, good place to cool off and have a snack. Keep to the left you’ll see the markers and climb up over the hill to the next marker. You’ll find a crack in the wall and you have to climb through, looks a lot harder than it is. Once you get to the bottom stay to the left to get to the hot springs. Gets pretty packed on the weekends to be prepared!

The north side of the loop is fairly easy and mostly gravel. There are many shaded areas in the canyon with cool rock formations along the way. You’ll hit the Colorado River at about 3 miles on the way to the Hot Spring. If you continue to follow the loop around on the south side, that is a good leg workout where the majority of elevation gain but very little shade.

It's was Awesome Easter trip .. the Hot Spring were Hot 120*f and 3 different pools @ 3 different temps ... it was nice to walk in a warm river down to the Colorado ... Sooo relaxing and camping on the Colorado ... we did the left trail straight to the Hot Spring on the way there and then continued the loop around the other way on the way back ... I tracked just that part of the hike on strava @7.7 miles ... easy hike in and out

Excellent trail ... leave early as it gets crowded as the day goes on. This hike provides hot springs and plenty of river access

color me unimpressed!

Not great for dogs, hot springs are bad for dogs.

Got lost the first time coming here and ended up scaling the mountain but second time we came prepared and knew you had to keep going up after the first scramble. Love this hike and the views at the top are so worth it. It gets really windy for a majority of the hike. There's a nice surprise at the summit where you find a flag and a box with some supplies and a notebook.

Great Hike. White Rock Trail is mostly soft gravel/sand. It takes you through the canyon vs. the Spring Trial which takes you up and over. Both beautiful routes. We took White Rock in and Spring out, whichever route would be fine tho! Colorado River is beautiful, we spent a lot of time there. Kid friendly.

awesome walk

Just did the trail today. haven't done any real hiking in quite some time.. This trail is moderate for seasoned hikers, it was closer to hard for me and the wife. river views are awesome, finding the trail to the springs was a little tricky, gotta climb thru a tiny steep crack to get to rest of trail. the pools are awesome. the ladder is sketchy but pretty safe. we went the same way we came out thru the wash. made it a longgg hike but still was a great day.

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