Trailblazer | 1113 pts
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.