Deep Creek

OutAndBack • 12 mi • 0 ft

A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those who like to go without clothing. Requires a gradual 6-mile hike or a steeper 2-mile one. The Deep Creek Hot Springs are quite a find and will amaze you once you get there. Completely natural and undeveloped, the springs have become popular for obvious reasons. The water is generally clear and an almost perfect temperature (averaging 105 degrees F.), with several pools from which to choose. As with so many hot springs in this book, Deep Creek was once relatively unknown, but has become heavily visited. Visitors have done a good job of keeping this area pristine, however, free from trash and vandalism. As noted, many of the more recent (and more numerous) visitors to the spring prefer to go without clothing, in and out of the pools.
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Activity Type: Hot Springs
Nearby City: Hesperia
Length: 12 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Water Temp: Approximately 110 degrees F at the various sources, and varying in the pools.
Season: Best: Fall, winter, and spring. Summer can be too hot. Avoid the shorter trail during high water levels (in early spring mostly), as the trail requires you to ford the river, which could be dangerous in high water.
Local Maps: USGS, Lake Arrowhead, CA
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Not for the weak legged! We parked at the dam, hiked in from that point. Took us about 5hrs total. We did sit in one of the hot springs just for about 20-30 mins. I suggest if you are offended easily by nude people then this spot is not for you. I personally did not get naked, LOL. I sat on the edge of one of the hot springs to soak my legs and it felt great. It is quiet a hike!


Definitely not a trail for new hikers! We had a very hard time on this one coming back up, very steep incline. Also not a place to bring a family, this is a nudist spot FYI. We didn't mind, but there where other hikers who were very offended. I personally would not go back.

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