Gaviota Hot Springs and Peak Trail

Las Cruces, California

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The trail is an old fire road, very well maintained to both the springs and the peak. It begins with a well-signed trailhead at the southern end of the parking lot. The springs enter into a large upper basin and a lower pool. The upper pool is both hotter and clearer than the lower one, which is actually quite milky, but prettier and full of reedy plants. Some people may want to take the half-mile trek into the springs and soak in the hot waters for a generous amount of time before returning to the parking area. Others may wish to hit the peak in the early morning light and then return for a leisurely time at the springs.

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"The trail is an old fire road, very well maintained to both the springs and the peak. It begins with a well-signed trailhead at the southern end of the parking lot. The springs enter into a large upper basin and a lower pool. The upper pool is both hotter and clearer than the lower one, which is actually quite milky, but prettier and full of reedy plants. Some people may want to take the half-mile trek into the springs and soak in the hot waters for a generous amount of time before returning to the parking area. Others may wish to hit the peak in the early morning light and then return for a leisurely time at the springs."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Las Cruces
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 450 feet
Top Elevation: 2,458 feet
Local Contacts: Gaviota State Park
Local Maps: USGS Gaviota, Solvang

Gaviota Hot Springs and Peak Trail Reviews

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3/1/1961
If you are on a road, not a path, then you are on a neighboring property that is private property, not the Gaviota State Park where the hot springs and peak is located on. Much of the trail is steep and take water because the winds will dry you quick. Parking fee is on honor system with envelopes available at the parking lot. Rangers do check.
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