Deep Creek

Hesperia, California 92340

Deep Creek

Deep Creek Professional Review and Guide

"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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7/17/2018
This is a super easy hike to the hot springs. Bring a lot of water because the heat is intense!
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11/4/2012
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!
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2/10/2012
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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7/17/2011
This is an interesting one. We took the Bowen Ranch path, which is pretty straight forward. The last five miles to bowen ranch are a little rough but we passed a prius on the way in. The hike in is actually really nice and goes quick, for the most part your going down hill. since your coming down off the ridge you have a beautiful view of the river. When we got there (mid summer) the water was still at your knees in the lowest part, and up past six feet in the others. the place is beautiful with the exception of the occasional nude guy (which you will run into) and drunk teen/homeless guy. The hike out is a challenge since it's all uphill.
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1/31/2010
Very easy trail with great views of snow camp mountains, and sculptural boulders strewn all over the rolling mountains. Incredible feeling crossing the near freezing river to get to the steaming hot springs.
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2/28/2009
We entered from the north, the Bowen Ranch approach. The cost to park for the day is now $5, to camp overnight is $10. Mike, at the cabin where you pay, is very helpful. It is about a 2 mile hike downhill, which means uphill going back. On this day the river/creek was shoulder deep and about 50' across. Some walked across, bags over their head, some swam across. It wasn't all that difficult, except the water was ice cold from the snowmelt. The current was not strong, because I am an average swimmer and felt in control. There are 3 or 4 hot springs. One was under water due to the level of the river. You can approach using the Pacific Crest Trail, but it's a 6 mile hike one way. I may try that way next time.
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5/1/2008
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. There is a pleasant contrast between the sere Joshua Tree desert as you're hiking in, to the surprisingly large creek deep in a willow and tree-filled canyon. If you are shy about soaking with unclothed people (often entire families), there are opportunities for clothed and/or private skinny-dipping in the cool pools for miles up or down stream from the main hotsprings. Also, there is a "secret" hot springs about 1 mile upstream from the main hotsprings, but you almost need a guide to find it.
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1/12/2008
Just a quick note: if coming from the CA-173 PCT entrance (at the "road closed" lot), rather than the dam entrance, the footbridge is gone (washed away during last weekend's rains?). Until it is repaired/replaced, during high water, you will either need to construct a log bridge (we did, but who knows how long it will last?), wade across 1' to 3' deep water, or backtrack ~1/4 mile and cross mud flat. Hot springs themselves are awesome, and "Crab Cooker"/"Lobster Pot," followed by a plunge into the creek, is a must-do.
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12/1/2007
This is one trip I repeatedly like to make. It is a dream day trip from LA. Wherever it is that we park (not the ranch) always has only one or two cars parked there. I could never describe how to find it, but somehow we always do. Always veer left when given a choice, I know. The hike in is beautiful and very steep, but shouldn't be a problem for any halfway experienced hiker. The pools are roomy and usually filled with interesting, respectful people. There is no camping down at the springs, although I've seen tents pitched on occasion. There are usually some dogs running around off leash too. I highly reccommend this trip, and reiterate what a previous poster said about getting out in time for last light, b/c that sun drops behind the mountain pretty fast Don't go if a) you don't like the sight of many types of naked bodies or b) you don't like cold, bone chilling water, as you will likely have to forge the stream before and after bathing.
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9/2/2007
Short downhill trail to a wooded, year round creek with some great pools to swim in, and a large open flat area for camping.
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Trail Information

Hesperia
Nearby City
12
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
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.
Season
Hot Springs
Features
USGS, Lake Arrowhead, CA
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