Hi Everyone! Hot Creek is amazing BUT the map for this entry is TOTALLY WRONG. We attempted to follow the trail and got stuck in marsh on private property.

Very easy hike to the hot springs though if you take a dog there isn’t much room for them to lay down once you’re there. WARNING: It is a packed hike, if you leave early you’ll be sure to have a spot but if you come around in the afternoon good luck.

Very easy approach from the parking area, there were 10-15ppl there around 5pm on a weekday. One nudist who was minding his own business and in full zen mode which was nice, however can’t rec this spot for kiddos. The springs were nice but dirty, occasional hair or dead skin floating and some couple had previously spray painted their names on a bunch of boulders in orange spray paint which just pissed me off. Overall it was a nice place to rinse off after hiking all day and it hit the spot for our need of a hot tub. Please pick up your trash and belongings, take care of the place.

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rocky
2 days ago

Takes about 30min to 1hr depending if you run all the way or walk up and take breaks. Very rocky/loose dirt so hiking shoes are highly recommended or feet will get battered.Bring LOTS of water and extra clothes.Hot springs pools at the end are well worth it tho. Just a heads up, people get naked up there

Okay! My friend and I did 17.7 miles in one day. We did zero research and almost ran out of water (saved by some backpackers with a pump) It was one of the greatest days of my life and my favorite part of living in California ever. HOWEVER - read below for our experience, because we didn't and we should have! Let's get a little backstory here. A guy on Hinge recommended this hike and I did zero research beyond the first few reviews and jumped in with my friend who heard from a few reviews that our shoes might get wet. We filled backpacks with water and food and attempted to do the entire 20 miles of hiking in one day. The few backpackers we passed were like.. umm do y'all have water? Because we look basic AF, I don't blame them. Here are some things you should know: this hike is INCREDIBLE. Do it!! We did 17.7 miles in one day and it was one of the greatest days of my life. But you should know: 1. You need a lot of water. There is almost NO shade and it's HOT. We each had about 6-7 water bottles with us and some backpackers wound up refilling 3 of them each with their water pumps. 2. There are full on RIVER CROSSINGS (in gorgeous, crystal clear rivers and creeks) - you will be knee deep in water. We sacrificed our sneakers and just walked through, but most backpackers knew to have strapped water shoes with them so they didn't soak their hiking boots. 3. There are rattlesnakes! Do 5 minutes of research on google of what to do if you see one and what to do if you get bit. Our natural response was shooting Crocodile Dundee footage and saying "YOU'RE SO GIRTHY" - but we only saw one and it was moving away from us. 4. Bring a first aid kit! Bandaids, tweezers, gauze, tape, bug spray 5. Bring extra socks - especially if you get your feet wet. This will help with blisters! 6. Going back is going to take longer because there is more incline and you will be super tired. Generally there is more heat and more sun. You'll need more water than you did in the beginning of the hike. 7. There is zero phone service for 30 minutes driving up to the mountain and on the entire trail. Download a map of the trail before you go. 8. The trail is not marked and twice we followed smaller trails into camp sites and got confused (shocker!). We learned to follow footprints and when in doubt - you may have to cross a 1-2' deep river. Some hikers have tied pink ribbons to trees in the water so you know where to walk and where the trail starts up again on the other side. 9. While losing your mind and belting out broadway tunes to pass the time / pain, be sure to check for fellow hikers, especially the chick with the walking sticks who nearly jumped out of her boots to make sure we were okay when I started scream-singing Wicked. "The LIZARD AND IIIIIIIIIII" Again - greatest hike I've been on in California. Cannot wait to return and camp. A ver ver big THANK YOU to Brie and Joanna who first- gave us directions and second- pumped water for us so we didn't die. Y'all are the real wilderness girls.

Took a mid week trip to Remington Hot Springs. Didn’t have a hard time finding the place, I saw a parking lot to my left that I pulled into and intuitively followed the trail down. There were about 4 people in the hot pool (bigger one on the top). They left about an after I arrived and I wasted no time hopping in the bigger pool! I had a few minutes to myself before more people started to arrive. No trash when I was there. Take out what you take in! Few naked people but I’m an adult and it’s nothing I haven’t seen before so it didn’t bug me. Hike is pretty easy, slightly downward on the way down to the river and slightly upward the way back to the parking lot.

This trail was incredible! I think we did it at the perfect time, we got a cooler weekend - mid 70s otherwise it would have been pretty gnarly. Loved hiking near the creek the whole time, was so refreshing to cross. Camped at Sespe then packed out the next morning, the hot springs were beautiful but honestly think I enjoyed the trail more. Very few bugs and just gorgeous pretty much the whole way through

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bugs
4 days ago

Pretty bad ticks going up on trespass.

For me, this trail have been the hardest so far, going down to the hot springs was challenging and even the double of challenging going back however, the view is amazing, and the river is spectacular, even if it was difficult, It’s worth it I recommend if you find yourself drinking a lot of water when hiking, to have at least two water bottles.

An AMAZING beautiful hike. Definitely harder coming back than going. VERY steep at the end and requires a lot of caution. Climbing back up is definitely a challenge and tiring. Great hike overall (:

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

mountain biking
over grown
private property
6 days ago

If you are biking, go up Hot Springs Trail, go down Trespass Trail (you will be miserable if you go the other way around). The way down is pretty difficult in my opinion, with some very narrow, off-camber drop offs coupled with loose rocks and steep cliffs at some parts. It was an amazing ride, but I had to walk some parts. It was definitely the most difficult trail I’ve ridden, but also I’ve only be riding for a few months. Bring plenty of water and you should be great. I did the loop in about 2.5 hours

Gorgeous meadows, streams, wildflowers, fumaroles, hot springs, and mudpots with a truly luxurious gradual climb to the geothermal area. Just do the dang thing!

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Beautiful trail! Make sure you take a lot of water, I mean a lot. My partner and I had about six bottles (Gatorade and water mix) each and we still wish we had taken more. There were no water falls :(, nonetheless, it was beautiful. Parking is closed and we had to park further up the hill. (May 31, 2020).

I went back just to the condor sanctuary area and this is nice but the drive is rough also the road is gated in the winter and you drive through a oil field

Fun little overnighter. Went out Sunday morning. Passed lots of groups on the trail heading back to the trailhead. Got lucky with the weather could only imagine doing this hike when it’s really hot. Saw three rattlers. Two across the trail one spooked the shit out of me in a bush. Didn’t rattle til I was walking by it. Never moved so quick with a pack on in my life. So worth the getaway though. Soaked in the creek for an hour and enjoyed being away from the madness that is our society lately. Everybody we saw out was friendly and just as happy as we were. Can’t wait to do the full hike out to the Sespe hot springs.

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fee
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

We went in through Bowen Ranch Trail. The map the guy provided for us after paying a fee is a lil wonky and hard to understand. But we ended figuring out the trail after being a little lost. The natural spring pools were amazing! We went on a Saturday and reached the pools at about 10ish and it was pretty packed. People there are really friendly and nice. The way back was prob the hardest part of the entire trail since you have to basically do all incline.

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