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.

7 hours ago

I can't tell how much I like this hike. haha. We started around 2:30p. Parked in the first lot outside the gates, just in case we didn't make it back by sunset (they lock the gate at sunset). Did this counter clockwise. It's like you're somewhere else for the first portion. Lots of shade, large rocks, and a stream. Very nice and cool - Up through about the 2mi mark from the gate. Once you get to the top, there is a cool tree laying on it's side and a view. We thought this was the very top. But, we were fooled we walked about 5 mins past it and there was an even bigger tree with an even better view.

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.

3 days 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!~

Great views with some shade and water features.

7 days ago

Nothing to see but the view from the parking lot. You can’t get within 30feet of the creek. Bring your long camera lense.

8 days ago

LOVE THIS PLACE!! Such a cool drive to get their too! Since moving to California two years ago, this area is by far my most favorite. So serene and peaceful.

Just went Mar. 06, 2018 for the first time. Early morning start. It was cold but the hike was easy up until the steep descent. Friend and I both made it down with maybe one slip and a stubbed toe. Hot springs were great to get in and relax on a cold March morning. Warmed up some and the sun was out all day with a cool breeze. Headed out around 5 and wasn’t paying close attention and we ended up on the PCT. Had to back track at some point and find our way back to a fork that we missed. Just added an extra half hour but boy was it tough going up the steep terrain with daylight fading fast. Just pay attention to not get on the PCT. and bring headlamps like we did in case you get off track and have to hike in the dark. Ha! On the plus side, when we arrived at our parked vehicle the night sky was glowing with a ton of stars. A tough hike but def worth the beautiful day!

fun adventures hike✌

12 days ago

Not the most interesting hike I've been on but it was enjoyable and the environment is definitely beautiful. Lots of desert Flora to enjoy.

Great trail! If you want a nice up hill workout, make sure you start the trail from the front to get that big hill, otherwise the back way is a great workout as well, but without he big hill upward hike. Either way, great trail! You can also turn around in the middle, by the stream part, and go back and that offers more distance and intensity.

14 days ago

Don’t park in the parking area at the trail head! Parking ticket $100 for 45mins past “Sunset”!
Park on the side of the road outside trail head!
Loved the hike and the views!

scenic driving
15 days ago

Did this one as a kid and that was a long time ago...

Awesome road...especially on my motorcycle with my best friend of long ago.

Very nice hike!

A buddy and I began our hike late into November and we went for about 28 miles before we were caught up in a pretty good sized snowstorm that was a little too much and had to turn back. Thats what youll get when you come late into the year though. All the snow and ice aside, this trail is absolutely amazing. At least make your way up to Bearpaw, the views here are awesome!

Main trail up is a bit bland but took Trespass down which is a treat with some caves along the way.

22 days ago

Beautiful views from the peak when skies are clear. We did it in 2 hours, 48 minutes, moving time, going up the Trespass trail and down the road. Going up the trail is more than moderate, we agreed.

I enjoyed this hike, the scramble over rocks through the canyon was especially fun. It was nice to be able to see a few different landscapes on such a short little hike. Walked back and night and lost the trail a bit but since it's in between 2 little mountains it's easy to stay in the right direction.

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.

I did this hike with a group of friends of varying backpacking experience back in 2011 when we were all juniors in high school. This may have been at the peak of its popularity before the fires, and as luck would have it, the springs were VERY crowded, and they are all very small and intimate. It was a really great bonding experience, and for the less outdoorsy friends, it really opened their eyes to the magic of getting somewhere worthwhile on your own two feet. Unexpectedly gnarly up and down the entire way; my ankles were done by the time we got to camp! You can hike out in two days if you need by sleeping at a camp that is about halfway. Definitely a formative experience for me as an outdoors lover. However, I’ll admit looking back that this is one of the less impressive and beautiful hikes in the area of Big Sur. While this trail is being fixed up, I encourage you to explore more of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses! Who knows, maybe more natural hot water is hiding out there... Remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE principles! Hike prepared!

26 days ago

Nice surface to hang. Beautiful setting.

Great loop with an easy to follow trail. The incline doesn't vary much and is never that steep. The trail is exposed most of the time with what shade there is coming on the fire trail on the way down. The views are great throughout the hike with stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains. Easy to get to and find as its right off the 101. $2.00 to park so bring cash!

I’d consider this more of a moderate trail about 5 miles total, but then again I’m pretty active. This is a great trail for mountain biking as well and is a gradual climb. As you get to the top, there are quite a few dead trees which make for great photo ops. Didn’t see much from a tar pit geothermal perspective, though. Great for dogs too, though sometimes the path gets pretty narrow. You can’t get lost. It’s an easy loop!

Super loved this hike! After reading the reviews I brought hiking poles for the last steep part and it helped A LOT with stability, would definitely recommend that. The springs are amazing, several different pools and a cold area to swim in as well.

Finished in 2014 what I started in 2012. A "must do" for any backpackers' bucket list

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done. The majority of the hike is easy - the only thing that's hard is the last little bit before the springs. Going down is super steep and sandy, so watch your step. While dogs are allowed on this trail, our dog (and half our group) didn't make it past the final slope down. This slope is also challenging on the way back up - I needed plenty of breaks and probably should have brought much more water than the 22 oz. I had brought with me.

There is nudity at the hot springs, so if that makes you uncomfortable don't go. They also recommend that you do not drink the water and do not submerge your head under the water.

The hot springs are beautiful and incredibly relaxing and so worth the tough hike back up the trail.

27 days ago

Loved all of Lassen. Very alpine feel to the park.

Did Bumpass Hell too. How many places can you picnic near the summit of a dormant volcano?

27 days ago

Love this trail! Go up the fire road then down the backside for the better views!

Very interesting and unique

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