You've heard of them - Deep Creek, Hot Creek, Sespe & Saline. Hot mineral waters flowing from the depths of the earth into handmade rock tubs, star filled skies overnight and completely surrounded by nothing but nature. Like a distant dream you imagine a dim, shimmering light, the lunar terrain, the long soak, the clouds, the stars, the sunrise, the breezes in the palms rustling above.
NATURAL HOT TUBS: California Hot Springs are located in rural areas, mostly on dirt roads, some inside or near National Forests. Most have camping nearby, but not adjacent the hot tubs. Most all of these are maintained by local volunteers. Vandalism also closes these special sites off from the public use, so use them wisely. Please respect the lands and the hot tub sites: pick up litter, do not use any soap and keep hot tubs clean. These hot spring tubs are usually built and cared for by locals, not the government agencies that manage our public lands.
Most of these special places can be reached by one lane paved
or dirt road. SUV /high clearance
vehicle may be needed in some cases, but 4x4 is not necessary. Many are hike in only access. Few allow parking your car right next to the springs. Some tubs are so remote, the only way to reach them is by hiking several miles. Get maps and cross reference. Make an overnight backpacking trip for more secluded hot springs. Plan for a relaxing time and exciting adventure.
Hot springs are a naturally
occurring phenomena. Neither improved nor maintained by the Forest Service. Most of
the tubs in these locations are build by volunteer efforts. Please
respect these unique locations & leave the place cleaner
than when you found it.
hot springs tips
Footing around hot springs
is often poor. Watch out for broken glass, towels, drinks, dogs, clothes and slippery moss.
Use caution when going barefoot and don't go alone. At night bring flashlights.
Water temperatures vary
by site, ranging from warm to very hot. Test the water first for temperature to avoid scalds and burns. Keep alcoholic beverages for afterward, or at least to a minimum.
Prolonged immersion may
be hazardous to your health and result in hyperthermia, also known as heat stroke.
Elderly persons and those
with a history of heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood
pressure or who are pregnant should consult their physicians
prior to use.
Respect private property
rights. Do not trespass at private hot springs without the landowners
hot springs ettiquette
Rinse your feet prior to tub entry.
Please don't litter. Pick some up!
Don't drink the water.
Don't let your dog drink the water.
Don't let your dog soak.
Don't leave cigarettes/butts lying around.
Majority rules: clothing optional can be uncomfortable for some folks. Assess the situation before hand and bring some swimwear if you must. If there are a bunch of tourists and families, you will see more swimsuits. Young people, bikers, campers and hippies, it's gonna be the nudies ruling.
Buckeye Hot Springs
Toiyabe National Forest
8 mile NW of Bridgeport
NW of town, on Hwy 395 take forest service road 017 (dirt road)
old resort now in ruins
along Hwy 395 near the Sonora Jct Hwy 108;
drive W from Bridgeport 13 miles. Property will be on your left and the
runoff will be about a tenth of a mile on your right
Jordan Hot Springs. hike in only West from Blackrock 5 miles is beautiful
Beach Meadows. North 8 miles at the end of the road at Blackrock
are trails into the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. 2 mile hike
into Casa Vieja Meadows, & another 3 miles down to Jordan