Explore the most popular birding trails near Hesperia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
7 days ago

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A lot of people mention they’ve had issue with the gatekeeper and to take the other alt entrance, this adds extra time and risk and isn’t necessary. He is fine just be respectful and remember it’s a private ranch and he’s out there all year round dealing with constant helicopter rescues from people that don’t pay attention to his instructions / directions. They are simple and nothing to be overwhelmed by. It gets crazy hot out there in middle of summer so lots of water and don’t overheat in the pools cos you still have to get yourself back up that hill! The place is beautiful and well respected by its visitors, the pools are amazing and each vary in temperature. It’s clothing optional out there but nothing enforced. Remember to pick up any rubbish you see on your way out... keep this place clean!

Do not go here unless you are completely comfortable with nudity. Do not bring glass bottles, campfires and camping are prohibited. The guy that runs the ranch is known to pull a gun on visitors who disrespect the springs or drive in late to his property. He is charging $5 per person and may raise the price to $10 per person by the time of this posting. The alternate route is severely washed out and dangerous. Vandalism is known to occur at vehicles left at the ranch and alternate route parking lot.

Would not recommend to anyone coming in from Bowen Ranch. The gate keeper was disrespectful and rude. He didn’t let my boyfriend, son and I in because we wouldn’t turn off our car while paying for the fee. Oh and let’s not forget how he went inside and pulled out a gun on my boyfriend for coming back and apologizing for the situation. No matter if we were allowed in.

Still got in through alternate route though :)

it's an awesome Trail fairly easy. views are outstanding it's a good alternative to get to the hot springs without paying and staying healthy

A great hike! We hiked it at about 9:45..... we didn’t quite reach the bridge. The dogs were to tired. So we hiked down to the waters edge and let the dogs swim. By the time we hiked out it was pretty hot. But overall I feel accomplished! We made it! I definitely want to go again and make it to the bridge!

We got a tab bit lost finding the trailhead. I believe there might be two ways to get there? We took the Bowen Ranch route. We brought along our 6, 17, and 18 year old boys. We knew the area was clothing optional so we spoke to them about possible nudity and to be open minded about the choice of others to wear (or not wear) clothing. There were definitely quite a few nude people, mostly men. And to our surprise the boys didn’t seem weirded out or awkward or giggly. They minded their business and enjoyed the creek and hot springs. The hike is moderate in difficulty and dog friendly. The trail is very clean. The rocks around the springs are easy enough to climb. Wish more people would remember to pick up their undergarments and trash. There is a $5 (per person) fee. The attendant that gives you the map is a bit abrupt, but I’m sure she has seen too many people do stupid things in the area so it’s understandable. Overall, we will come again, sans children and maybe even camp next time!

had some good fun here. went rope swinging. jumped off the cliff into the water and pretty much got in every pool lol. groups of nudist showed up. Like 10 dudes with there jocks out lmao

trail running
3 months ago

Great scenic trail. Single track on edge of mountain. Terrain is great.

Worth the price of admission ($5 per person). I got there around 4 so I only had an hour or so to spend in the hot springs before deciding to trek back out so I wasn’t hiking in the dark. Trails are fairly narrow (12-18” at its narrowest) and steep so I wouldn’t want to hike it in the dark. Beautiful hike in, stunning gorges. Nudists (I ended up deciding to be one of them, when in Rome right?) and other bathers were all very chill and respectful (don’t be surprised by people smoking some weed or having some beers though). Wading back through the river definitely wakes you up for the hike back up the hill (especially in March haha). H20 a must, I didn’t look for the water source mentioned but I did suck down what I brought. Road to the ranch is dirt but well graded, the only iffy spot for regular cars is about 200 yards from the ranch to the parking area. All in all just a spectacular experience that I’m absolutely going to visit again (and next time camp at the top of the trail, only $10 a person haha)

good little hike down enjoy the hot springs bathing suits optional

Easy, nice.

Best hike I have been on if I'm going with a water destination in mind. It's beautiful, fun, and a great workout. Going down is a piece of cake, opposed to coming back up. I wouldn't recommend going when the weather is over 100 degrees, because the hike back up to the top can be very exasperating. If you make the hike in weather that's hotter then you would like for a hike, I can't tell you enough times to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. I've been to this particular location about 5 or 6 times. Early winter isn't tooo bad, but the water crossing is extremely cold around that time of year, but it's so worth it. In any weather it's worth it. I will continue to go again & again, at all times of the year. Great hike to hang out at for the day.

hiking
4 months ago

Was a nice hike. Takes you 30 minutes to get out there (downhill) and an hour to get back (uphill). Like the gatekeeper said, “It’s so easy a 10 year old could find it.” Although I HIGHLY don’t recommend taking your kids. After getting used to the nudists it was an enjoyable hang out spot. Everyone was friendly and we all had a blast. The springs were hot and it was nice to take a dip in the cold water down below. There was also a little swing that people were using to jump into the creek. All in all, make sure to be prepared because the hike is steep, brings lots of water, and a no judgement mentality. Just have fun! Happy hiking!~

very good section of the PCT, hiked in and rode horseback on it many times, watch for rattlesnakes in Deep Creek in the warmer months.

on PCT to Rainbow Bridge

4 months ago

Good scenery and not to difficult

If you enter through Bowen Ranch beware of the gate keeper. He had a mental break down with my boyfriend and I after I accidentally rolled through the stop sign and had to reverse back 8 feet to his window. He WENT off and was unbelievably condescending and disrespectful. I don’t have time to transcribe his rant here. He also asked us if we brought car camping gear or backpacking gear. We said we brought our backpacking gear to car camp with. And he once again LOST IT. He heard us say “backpacking gear “ and assumed we were going to break the rules and not car camp. Aside from the behavior from this man, the springs were gorgeous and the trail was well maintained but steep. Bring a headlamp if you think you might be cutting is close at the end of the day.

We were under the impression that the total hike to get to the dam and back was 9.2 miles since that is the way the other trails that we try are, well we walked over 5 miles in one direction and never saw the dam. The scenery is pretty just be prepared to hike a lot more then the 9.2 miles.

I was a little confused because it says it’s closed but cars were still parked. It gets pretty hot there’s no shade, go early when you have a few hours to explore before it gets too hot

Well worth the effort. Came in from the northern PCT approach. 14 mile round trip hike if you are coming from highway 173. Trail parallels the Mojave River in all its glory. Lost the trail just after mile 1 until realizing you must make a water crossing to pick up the trail again on the other bank. Only person on the trail until I reached the springs. The hot springs were lovely. Nice and warm on achey muscles. As said above, lots of nude people. Very kind people, but very naked none the less. Headed back early to avoid getting caught in the dark. Fun hike overall. The long approach made making the springs well worth the adventure.

this is a great hike, but I have done very many trails and this a moderate trail, the switchbacks at the beginning are a little more than easy, them after those it's easy and very nicely scenery

hiking
5 months ago

Was a great hike in the middle of nowhere. Took the non paved road to get there. The gate keeper was great to us. Made sure us 3 girls had the correct hiking wear after seeing me in flip flops. I told him my hiking shoes and everything was in the back. We are pretty experienced runners/hikers that know what to pack with a little extra. On way in we ran into people that had no water on them, so we gave them on of our extra waters.
Once you hike in the views from top of hills looking down into the water area was beautiful. Hiking into the Hot springs, lots of naturalist to see. Once you get past the awkwardness of what you are seeing, it was a great day. Will definitely return before summer weather approaches.
Hike out is quite strenuous, steep, and the sun was now facing us. Can imaging doing this hike in the mid summer.
Have fun, not kid friendly if you don't them to see naturalist and peeps smoking weed.

hiking
5 months ago

It is a good peaceful hike. Make sure you have the time before you start out.

Steep hike, lots of naked people extremely worth it. Random dogs running everywhere, lots of pot and hippies but so much fun. Brought my kid but definitely won’t be bringing him back. Much more for adults, will definitely be coming back. Bring lots of water and a towel if your getting in the springs. You have to cross the cold water to get to the hot springs. You must come early unless you plan on staying the night due to it getting dark very early.

awesome natural feature. right off the PCT. downhill going in and up hill going out.

Extremely steep hike. About one hour to the springs. Leave when you have plenty of sunlight the trails are very confusing in the dark. We ended up sleeping on the mountain because we could not find our way back at night. Don't do it. Other than that absolutely gorgeous and worth the strenuous hike. Federal land so be prepared to see a lot of penis and other body parts of strangers that you could probably live without.

I’ve been wanting to hike on the PCT and this portion of the trail was close to home so it was perfect ! Terrain is very easy and you have views of the Mojave river the entire way. Not the most gorgeous trail I’ve been on but for living in the High Desert this was a nice escape.

trail is closed no trespassing by order of Fed Gov suspect problem with dam and maintenance issue and safety concerns

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