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

We went mid July on a Sunday at 7 am. And very much worth it. The parking is insanely limited, so arrive early.

The hike was great! Not too difficult or easy.

The Hot Springs do have a smell, but that’s expected. We did come across a ton of trash, including half a watermelon, that we packed out of there. Otherwise, I’ll absolutely be back!!

The water was really stinky like rotten eggs. It kinda made the hike not enjoyable. I might have gone at the wrong time of the year. I’ll have to come back in spring

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3 days ago

(As of 7/10 the main entrance is actually closed!!) Fun hike with my dog. There's a few spots where it's rocky and steep so it can be a little tricky to scale, but other than that it's a pretty easy hike. It took us like an hour round trip. The top is very scenic. You can see the windmills facing the canyon and pretty much the entire valley. Would be a good evening hike, there is no shade on the trail. There's actually several different little pathways you can take. If you go up Spanish Oaks drive towards the gate, but you take the left turn right before the gate and head all the way down that road, then take another left it'll take you to a crossroad where to the right it's a dead end and to the left it continues curving down. Park in the dead end and hike up the little dirt trail and it'll put you right on track to walk straight up to the cross. You have to take this route because they closed the other route as they do construction around the reservoir.

paved, which is nice. great for running or biking. not much of an actual hike, though, so don't get your hopes up if you're expecting a hike. it's got some beautiful views, and there were lots of people.

The hike is beautiful! Very easy for anyone, in that there is only a slight elevation gain, and it’s heavily shaded for most of the trail. Lots of red rock, trees, and people kept talking of snakes, though we didn’t see any, unfortunately. The reward at the end are the hot springs. Which, smell really bad. Some parts are boiling hot and should be avoided, while most of the areas is perfect temperature and a great place to relax. If you’re lucky enough to get the first pool, before reaching the small waterfall and remainder of the hot springs, take it. It’s the deepest, largest, and most private of all. And surprisingly, there weren’t many people for a Saturday. Highly recommend the hike!

Great time killer, bring a picnic

Great hike! Ages 60-9 years old. Tons of photo ops.

This was a great trail for my 6, 7 and 11 YO. My mom even came at age 70. She’s not very fit so it was a little hard for her but with some stops to catch breath she made it all the way up. My husband and girls went ahead and made it up quickly. I stayed behind to be with my mom. I ran into 1 rattle snake and a normal snake. We started the trail at 3pm and it was in the 90’s the trail was very warm but shaded with a nice breeze. We used up all our water! The views of the red rocks and trees are amazing and the hot springs are very warm. Almost too hot in areas. I’d like to come back in the winter. The way down was super nice it was about 5:30 we stopped at a cooler area to swim and the temp was perfect. It was about a half mile from the other hot springs. Kids went all the way under and my 11 YO couldn’t touch in some areas so it was deep! They loved it! The way back was easier and we made it by 7. I would say if you walked there and back without any stops you could make it in 1.5-2 hours but if you have little kids that like to look at everything or needs breaks it will take a long a lot longer. Definitely a must go to hike!! We loved it!!

This trail is called HIDDEN OAK TRAIL. It is in fact 3.2 miles to the peak. It is Moderate level, as it is very steep and you have to scramble up some parts. The trail is heavily wooded with a lot of ground cover, blue bells, a few pines and at the top, quakies. The trail is not well used nor taken care of. There were signs on bear and cougars in the area (i.e. fresh deer kills, scat, etc.). There is a pretty view around 1 mile that you can look back and see the reservoir and the valley, but if you keep going to the peak you cannot see back to that valley but to the other side where there are rolling mountains and highway 6, not much of a gorgeous view but worth the effort of going once. The first mile is very steep and someone has put in wood/dirt steps on the most steep parts. The second mile is less steep but you are hiking through the ravine but even in spring there isn’t much water run off. There are trail markers every 1/4 mile so you know how far you’ve traveled. Decent trip, but I wouldn’t suggest doing it more than once.

It’s a great hike. Parking lot is outrageous. A few rattle snakes were spotted. The hot spring were amazing.

This is such a beautiful trail. We got there around 6:45am and the parking lot was already 3/4 full. The trail is very easy to hike with breath taking view around every corner. Gorgeous canyon. By the time we got back to the parking lot close to 10am it was completely packed. Cars parked everywhere blocking in other cars. I suggest arriving early to find a spot!

super easy. great for kids, but a little boring for adults. there are other trails you can follow, but they seem to lead to private property, so be considerate just in case.

This trail is perfect! Nice and shady on the way up, and such a fun reward to swim in the hot pots when we got there. The kids also wanted to try a little swimming hole on the way down and liked it even better than the ones at the top, as it didn’t smell of sulfur, the water was deeper, and the temperature was a bit cooler.

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19 days ago

Quick walk on paved road. Super easy for the littlest littles, but the walk down to the dripping rock was pretty steep.

We went mainly to play in the water. Our friends wore swimsuits and brought towels, and I may do that next so kids can have more fun. The river was deep in parts, so my 3 year old couldn’t really walk the water without help. Definitely worth it on a way hot day.

Also, wear shoes since the river bottom is way rocky. Pretty cool outing, but not sure if I would drive 45 minutes to do it again.

Great for kids and bike riding.

If you like buck brush this is it! Then you have to listen to the gun range☹️

Loved this hike. I took my 5 kids, ages 5-15, only my oldest complained about the sulfur smell. The trail followed right along the river. It was beautiful all the way up, even the drive. The hot springs themselves were nice, however, I forgot our water shoes, which I highly recommend. Also, I did read about others talking about nudes, but assumed, no way would there be any when we went. I was wrong and so disappointed when my poor kids had to be exposed to a young, naked couple. Its illegal, but they obviously didn't care and wanted people to see them. Do what you want, but when kids are around, they should cover up with bathing suits. Also, we got to the trailhead about 7:30 in the morning, there were only 2 parking spots left. there were maybe 10 people at the hot springs but by the time we left, there were so many. We got down to the car around noon and there were so many cars, I had about an inch on both sides of my car to get out of the parking lot because people were parked on both sides of the entrance. another reason to go early. I would definately recommend this hike and go again, but for best experience, go earlier than I even did!

Easy and beautiful hike. Took about 2 hours round trip

Great hike, watch out for juvenile rattlesnakes on the trails. Saw 4 on June 19th.

We arrived to the hot springs at around 6:40 am and had it all to ourselves until about 7:30 am, it was amazing! We definitely lucked out because as we were hiking out around 8:45 there were a few people at the falls and we passed by several coming down. Got crowded pretty fast. I would recommend going early, I couldn't imagine getting in those hot pots when it was hotter in the day. Also one thing, be prepared for the sulfur smell, I was surprised, it's strong but once you get to the springs, it settles down, But overall, I LOVED the hike, and can't wait to do it again.

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27 days ago

Beautiful! Simple for all my kids age 4-11. A few rocky spots which we just walked off the path in the foliage and were fine (to prevent sliding). One of our favorites. We love the tree cover at the beginning and the views at the top! We do his one several times every summer!

Loved this hike... clean trail and worth it to get to the Hot Springs.

One of my favorite hikes with a great reward at the end! Hike is so pretty as it runs right next to the creek most of the time. As you hike up there’s definitely up hill parts, but it also levels out all throughout the trail which is nice. The hot springs themselves are absolutely incredible! Some pools are super hot, some are warm, and some are cool. Very relaxing.

When we went in September, there were so many Dragon flies along the river, which was beautiful with the blue green water the closer we were to the springs - looked enchanting and reminded us of fairies.
The trail was fairly easy. We took our kids ranging from 9 to 17 and they all enjoyed the hike. It is as a pretty hike in the fall with the changing leaves, but after the hike the hot springs were still to hot that time of season. We needed to cool off so we swam in a swimming hole below the springs to cool off.

Nice trail, well worn. Pretty views. Gets very crowded. Best to go early to mid-morning.. Saw 10 snakes (not rattle) on the trail and around hot springs, just FYI.

Nice moderate hike. We took kids ages 3-12 and they all loved the pools. Total time was about 4 hours. Trail got narrow at a few points but overall it was well maintained.

1 month ago

It’s really amazing. Been there with my friend last year.

Easy, wide trail along the river with relaxing hot springs overlooking a waterfall.

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1 month ago

My husband and I completed this hike on June 3. This is a short, paved trail.... nothing spectacular for the most part.

The dripping rock was cool. The trail doesn't lead you directly to it. Instead, you just have to jump of the trail and go down the ravine to the river to see it.

This hike isn't worth a special trip, but a cool feature to check out if you're in the area!

My husband and I completed this hike on June 3.

We camped nearby the night before and woke up at 5 to get an early start. The trail is very easy to follow and is mostly flat with undulating small hills. We never had to stop to catch our breath.

Hot springs were amazing and beautiful. We found one that seemed to be about 90 degrees - perfect for us. Since we went so early, we had it to ourselves for a while, but by the time we were leaving, others had shown up. Only complaint is that we had to clean out beer cans before we soaked. Not cool!

Obviously the main draw of this trail is the hot springs, but the rest of the trail was beautiful as well.

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