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Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail



1.9 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable


Ascent: 4' 1 m
Descent: -931' -284 m
High: 4,434' 1,351 m
Low: 3,507' 1,069 m


Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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A beautiful run to an amazing natural but maintained hot spring.

Tyrel Duckett

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No camping.

Runner Notes

Some parts of this trail can get pretty steep with loose rocks and sand. There is also wildlife such as snakes, so be careful.


The trail starts at Bowen Ranch. You can park there for the day or overnight. It's $5.00 dollars for the day, and $10.00 overnight. (If you come when the sun is going down they will charge you $10.00 because you obviously won't be leaving before the sun is down.) The trail is intermediate level and around two miles one way. It can have loose sand and rocks in places, and sometimes on inclines and declines, so you'll want to be careful at those areas.

The run is dry, hot, and has no coverage. So you'll want to protect yourself from the sun (hats, sunscreen, etc.) and bring plenty of water. If you go in the summer, it can be brutal sometimes. Lots of people go really early so it's cool out. The trail is not difficult to follow and when you pay to park, the lady will give you a map and explain the directions to get to the springs and back. There are a lot of little off trails, but if you stick to the map and pay attention you'll be fine. Make sure you are paying attention so you know how to get back. The trail isn't idiot proof - you can get lost!

WARNING: Bring a light!!!! If you stay late, and the sun goes down, it is PITCH BLACK outside. I have seen many people returning on the way back struggling with their cellphone lights that hopefully have enough battery power to get them back. I have helped lots of people lost entirely because, not only did they not pay attention to the trail on the way in, but they had no light at all to get back. Be prepared. Do not rely on your cell phone.

The springs are natural. It is maintained somewhat by people who have been coming for 30+ years. There are no bathrooms, benches, tables, water that is not the creek, springs, lights, electricity, trash cans, etc. This place is 100% nature. There is nothing for miles. You carry in what you want, and carry out everything you came with. Don't litter.

Lastly, the springs is clothing optional. If nudity scares you, this is not the place for you. It is usually about 50/50 clothed vs non-clothed people. Adults and children alike. Everyone is really cool about it too. So don't freak.

No GLASS bottles allowed.

Flora & Fauna

There is wildlife. The most common is fish in the creek, lizards, and snakes. They seem to be more common at night. I have been sitting in the springs and have seen them slithering their way across the creek. I have caught and relocated a few from people who were terrified and ready to kill them as well. Just leave them alone and they will do their own thing.

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