Hot Springs Cutoff Trail is a hiking trail in Alpine County, California. It is within Grover Hot Springs State Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 5,921 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 77 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and a parking.
Hot Springs Cutoff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"It’s always a rare occasion when you can walk off the pavement with your dog in a state park. The hike to Hot Springs Falls begins in peaceful Grover Hot Springs State Park’s broad grassy meadow before entering the national forest, where the trail passes by a mix of conifers and some deciduous trees with seasonal wildflower blooms before it narrows into a canyon cradled by jagged-ridged granite sentinels. Apart from the sketchy 0.2-mile trek over a granite boulder–strewn rise to the base of the falls, this idyllic trail is well marked and easy to follow."
--Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"An easy walk through the woods ends with a mildly challenging scramble to waterfall overlooks. Not to be missed: the park’s hot springs pool and its unbeatable views. This out-of-the-way hike leads through quintessential Sierran woodland bordering a classic mountain meadow to a waterfall that flows year-round. Grover Hot Springs may not be a destination on the bucket lists of most hikers, but it should be. The park has a relatively typical western mountain history. First came the Washoe, who hunted and gathered in the lovely alpine valley in the summer months. Historians believe explorer John Frémont traveled through the valley on a passage through the Sierra Nevada."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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