Deep Creek Hot Springs

Lake Arrowhead, California 92352

Deep Creek Hot Springs

Deep Creek Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide

"Hike along a year-round creek to an amazing hot spring and enjoy the wonders of nature. Deep Creek Hot Springs is the premier hot springs experience in the San Bernardino Mountains. Weekends are commonly loaded with visitors, with weekdays generally not as busy. The hike is along a rather nondescript desert brush trail affectionately known as “Goat Trail” that drops 900 feet to Deep Creek."

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"Deep Creek Hot Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest has been a minor magnet for hikers and nature lovers— eccentric and otherwise—for decades. Volunteers have spent years fashioning rock-bound basins that impound water ranging from about 96°F to about 102°F. Water flowing out of those basins quickly reaches chilly Deep Creek, which has carved a deep cleft in the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains."

Deep Creek Hot Springs Reviews

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7/9/2008
This was the most brutal two day hike I've ever done. To start, the switchbacks were a kick in the butt. There is plenty of water along the way though, which gives you a break on the way. We had intended to hike to the top and camp but we just couldn't make it so we stopped at High Creek to camp. The ranger there was friendly and told us that the rest of the way to the peak would be just as difficult and he was right. The view was awesome, especially looking south at San Jacinto. This trail is only for those who are in good shape. Next up, Whitney!
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9/30/2007
Troop 1 (Altadena, CA) Boy Scouts backpacked to Halfway Camp from Vivian Creek trailhead (about 2.5 miles, 1800' elevation gain). Camped overnight. Hiked with day packs to summit (2.5 miles to High Creek Camp, about 1200' elevation gain). Summit is 3 miles (but 2300'!) further including last mile which is itself about 1000' of elevation gain. Tough hike, but the views from the top are worth it! Weather was perfect, but bring jacket for evenings and for the summit (where it's quite windy!)
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8/8/2005
Trail is steep at the beginning, but afterwards maintains a steady climb. The trail goes along Vivian Creek for much of the first two thirds and is fairly lush for Southern California. The trail was well maintained. At the top, we were shrouded in clouds so we did not have a very good view. On the way down, thunder, lightening and hail were all around us, making it somewhat frightening above the tree line. Afterwards, we go drenched and cold. next time we need to bring rain gear. Overall, quite an adventure and some very sore knees.
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7/4/2005
Visit the Big Falls trail near Forest Falls. It has a nice easy half mile trail to the biggest waterfall in So-Cal. From LA, take I-10 East. At Redlands hop onto Highway 38 towards Big Bear. Follow the Mill Creek Road to Valley of the Falls. At the end of road, you'll reach the Forest Falls parj where you can hike up to Big Falls.
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10/16/2003
Fall is the time, nights are cooling off and early morning summit hikes are in order. the trail's in good shape, the elevation gain offers a nice challenge and the view from the top is the highest you'll find in Southern California. It's worth the trip, get out there.
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Trail Information

Lake Arrowhead
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
San Bernardino National Forest
Local Contacts
TOPO! CD: California 9; USGS: Lake Arrowhead
Local Maps