Blayney Meadows Hot Springs Trail

OutAndBack • 18 mi • 780 ft

Because of a dangerous ford of the South Fork San Joaquin River, the extremely popular Blayney Meadows Hot Springs is a late-summer destination. However, if you skip the hot springs and simply enjoy a hike in the scenic South Fork River valley to excellent fishing, wide meadows, and shady riverside campsites, then this trail is ideal from the time the snow melts in June until it falls again in October. The hot springs hike is long but not strenuous. In midsummer, this 18-mile trip can be shortened to 8 miles by taking advantage of the hikers’ ferry up Florence Lake.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mono Hot Springs
Length: 18 total miles
Elevation Gain: 780 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2–3 days
Season: Mid-August through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,790 feet
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness; Pine Ridge Ranger Station and High Sierra Station
Local Maps: USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Florence Lake and Ward Mountain
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