Hot Creek Geothermal Area Professional Review and Guide
"A series of hot springs feeding a cold water creek in a national forest. The hot springs vary widely in temperature, but a few warm spots at this popular spot allow perfect mixing of water. A popular place for those visiting the Mammoth Lakes area, Hot Creek can be quite busy on weekends, particularly in summer. Although the road may be closed during winter, you can ski into the springs if you are so inclined. Most of the springs feeding the cold creek are extremely hot, which you can see by the vast amount of steam produced. In the main bathing area there are several springs bubbling up on the creek bottom. These also are quite hot, but mixed with cold water they can make an exhilarating bath. Be extremely careful here, since most of the springs are boiling temperature at the source and will scald you. Bathe only in the main beach area, and take caution. Hot Creek is not the place for seclusion, but it is worth an hour or two for a bath."