Jemez Falls And Mccauley Hot Springs

La Cueva, New Mexico 87535

Jemez Falls And Mccauley Hot Springs

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Scattered through New Mexico’s national forests are dozens of hot springs where hikers can soak in naturally heated water bubbling out of the ground. One concentration of springs is located in the Jemez Mountains.

McCauley Hot Springs are a delightful series of pools that lie in the Jemez backcountry on a bench above the East Fork of the Jemez River. An oval pool as big as a living room is the main attraction, but the warm outflow from the pond collects in three or four smaller rock tubs below. At about 92 degrees Fahrenheit, the water in every pool is delightfully relaxing."

Jemez Falls And Mccauley Hot Springs Trip Reports

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4/15/2009
An easy hike up to the hot springs... which are no longer very hot and not much to swim in anymore. The trail continues along and gets pretty steep for the next few miles until you come over a ridge. From there the hiking is much easier with some short side paths to excellent views. Once you see a campground it is just a short distance down to a lookout of the impressive waterfalls.
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3/22/2008
after finding the trial, which is nearly immpossible without a GPS the hike was beautiful and everything that it was expected to be. There was a little snow left on the ground which we enjoyed, especially because the weather was nice. I reccomend taking a Fishing pole and fishing the water at the top of the falls, pack in some food and enjoy the whole day there.
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5/3/2006
This trail is marked as #137 and according to the posts on the trail it should be connected to the East Fork trail which is also #137.

We left one car at the Battleship Rock Picnic area and intended to hike to the East Fork west trailhead at NM 4 where we had left the other car. The hike from Battleship Rock to the Jemez falls and is really nice with magnificent views. The scenery is definitively worth seeing. Special points are the McCauley springs and the side trip to Jemez Falls.

Our problem was to find the connecting trail from Jemez Falls campground to the East Fork west trailhead. You have to cross the river and we could not find the bridge (we saw remnants of a bridge). With water level so low, we were able to wade over the river. With some searching, we finally found a dirt road and our way to NM 4. This stage should be marked much more clearly. At the moment, I would recommend to leave the other car at the east end at the Jemez Falls campground.
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Trail Information

La Cueva
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
April to November
Season
USGS Jemez Springs
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