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

I went there with my baby, it was a nice day.
We had big fun hike both way down to the hot water and hiked up the hill.

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.

trail running
1 day ago

Easy run

Love the intensity of this hike

This trail is closed indefinitely-lots of mudslide damage.

We arrived. Skinny-dippers all over left and right. After about 1hr of being there everyone left and we had all 3 ‘pools’ to ourselves. Once we had it to ourselves it was GREAT!

PROS:
Warm/hot water
Water is see-through to the bottom
Clean water cycles daily with the natural spring current
Good views on the way there
Good views once there
Great great great spot if you get it all to yourself
My belongings were respected
People were respectful
Easy/short hike down/up

CONS:
Visibly flowing dead skin
Skinny-dippers (may be present)
Groups of people hang out spot
People camping very nearby
Water smells like sulfur/egg (you get use to it quick)
Trash/man made stuff left behind
You may come across ‘sensitive’ people
For elders (The hike back up may be a little steep)

Too many people and too much trash. It's now more of a cesspool than a hot spring. Go if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with 7 other people. Including children who urinate in the water.

It varies each season which I love.

Hiked a few miles but didn’t complete. Planning on overnight camping to Crescent Meadows.

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

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike with diverse terrain. Cool, moist canyon with open desert approach, rocks and mountain trails. Lands right on top of Agua Caliente. Big horn sheep are on the trail if you start early enough. Relatively easy to traverse.

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.

Closed till further notice. All trails should update asap. #cobrahikingclub

Day hiked this trail for half a day and it was amazing. Hope to come back and backpack it some day.

Beautiful hike in winter conditions (Jan 1-2 2018)
50% snow and ice currently to 7300 ft. Trail is showing wear and needs a little love but is still easy to follow. Variety of water crossings from solid ice, logs and requiring boot removal and getting wet. Campsite near the springs is comfy with easy water access and a built up fire ring.

Easy, quick and beautiful. You can get a quick 30 minute trail hike, I preferably RHike (Run-Hike), and be about your day. The view of Newhall is beautiful.

Due to a fire (not sure which one) the trail is currently closed at the 2nd Tahquitz creek crossing. You have to traverse through the burnt forest to reach the summit. IMO, Red Tahquitz is better than the regular Tahquitz hike minus the watch tower. Red big rocks at the peak!

Definitely earns it's "HARD" rating lol!! But for those up for a challenge, it's quite awesome!!

Spectacularly beautiful and exceedingly difficult at the end. Fell twice on the steep downhill section. Came home bruised but happy. Five stars for the whole adventure. Not to be missed, but not for those who are uncertain about uneven terrain.

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