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McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

Intermediate

Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer loop
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 722' 220 m
Descent: -722' -220 m
High: 7,479' 2,280 m
Low: 6,792' 2,070 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

This run to warm springs is perennially popular due to both its brief length and iconic views of Battleship Rock.

Kristen Arendt

Features Hot Spring · River/Creek · Views

Overview

At 4.3 miles roundtrip, the trek up to the McCauley Hot Springs offers epic views of cliff bands in the Jemez Mountains as well as the unique opportunity to look down onto the top of the monolithic Battleship Rock.

Description

Park at the Battleship Rock Day Use Area. At the trailhead, follow the trails with round trail markers attached to trees. Very soon the trail will fork, and the hot springs are accessible via the right fork, which essentially continues straight.

Runners should be very careful to follow the correct route, as a second route heads into the Jemez and peters out after climbing several miles above Battleship Rock.

Though elevation gain is less than 100 feet, many trekkers find some of the steeper sections somewhat strenuous, so this trail may not be advisable for families with young children.

After just over two miles of switchbacks up the side of the mountain, the trail wanders into a wooded area lined with gigantic pine trees. Once in the trees, the trail becomes less difficult, until the hot springs materialize unexpectedly.

Return to the trailhead via the same route.

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Near Battleship Rock.
Nov 23, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM
Heading through the woods.
Nov 23, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM
The first of the hot, or "warm" springs in our case, stunning.
Mar 12, 2018 near Jemez P…, NM
Falls full from the spring melt, what a beautiful and refreshing noise!
Mar 12, 2018 near Jemez P…, NM

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