Fifth Water Trail No 015

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain2,381ft
Trailhead Elevation5,543ft
Elevation Min/Max5542/6901ft
Elevation Start/End5543/5543ft

Fifth Water Trail No 015

Fifth Water Trail No. 015 is a hiking and biking trail in Utah County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 5,543 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,381 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parkings. Fifth Water Hot Springs and other springs can be seen along the trail. There are also camp sites and a waterfall along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Second Water Trail No. 018 - Cottonwood and Trail No. 016.

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"Diamond Fork Hot Springs has several man-made rock pools in which to enjoy a relaxing soak. The hot springs bubbling from the ground are naturally cooled by the waterfall that runs directly into the pools from the east side. This beautiful waterfall, rich in green moss, provides a stunning backdrop for the pools. The hike is great year-round, and the springs provide a variety of soaking temperatures. The path to the pools follows along the creek the entire way, and the beautiful rolling trail is a joy in itself." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"Imagine this: you hike a forested trail along a burbling creek, gently meandering around boulders and beneath the shade of large pine trees. After just a few miles and a footbridge crossing, you come to a gorgeous little place: pretty waterfalls tumbling down over the rocks into several blue pools of hot spring water, just begging you to take a dip and relax in them for a while." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Dayna Stern
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"A quick, level, and easy hike over a wide, smooth trail along a year-round creek leading to gorgeous falls and hot springs: does it get any better? The sulfurous smell of hard-boiled eggs is more than a dog can handle without throwing himself to the ground in ecstatic glee. This hike is a real winner for everyone looking for a pretty and relaxing hike with a little something extra. Be advised that not everyone wears a bathing suit in the hot springs, so some dogs may get a big view of something extra." Read more

Fifth Water Trail No. 015 Reviews

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This hike is fairly easy and beautiful. Get there early! We arrived to the parking lot at 8:15 am and barely got a spot. It's a pretty mellow 2.5 mile walk along the river, steadily up and down (ok, mostly gradually uphill) the whole way, along a nice, smooth, partially shaded trail. Then you are rewarded with some amazingly warm pools near the bottom of the waterfall. The pools vary in temperature and depth and the smell of sulfur is very strong--I don't mind it at all, but I guess some people do. The lower pools are definitely a bit cooler. The waterfall itself is so refreshing and cold. Make sure you take a few garbage bags for your wet clothing (as well as picking up lazy people's garbage, pretty sad) and some flip-flops or sandals for walking around while at the hot springs. Definitely bring plenty of water to drink in addition to anything else you may want to take. Although the hike back is a breeze, this might not be the most ideal trek for kids under 10 or 12 years old, since the hike is 5 miles round trip and might be a bit taxing for little ones.

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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Skill Level
Views, Hot Springs, Waterfalls
Spanish Fork Ranger District, (801) 798-3571.
Local Contacts
USGS Rays Valley
Local Maps

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Dec 2018