“a naturist hotspot!”
Deep Creek Hot Springs, southeast of the high desert town of Hesperia, is located on a creek beach which resembles the beautiful Lilies Beach near Mendocino. Located within the federal lands of the San Bernardino National Forest, Deep Creek Hot Springs can be found on the USGS Lake Arrowhead Quadrangle Map, 10 miles due north of Lake Arrowhead's outlet tower. s fantastic!! as this hot springs is, its slight Achille's heel lies in its remoteness, and the Achille heals which some nonhikers acquire when visiting it. But for those who would enjoy a moderate 45 minute hike in and another one-hour hike out, Deep Creek is highly recommended. The hot pools are situated in some fascinating rock outcroppings where the creek makes a sharp bend around the end of a ridge.
If you're ANYWHERE in Southern California, you NEED to make a trip to these hot springs. The Bowen Ranch owner will charge you $5/person to park at the ranch and $10/person to camp. They tell you not to camp near the springs, but being that it is a footstep off the PCT, many hikers find this a great place to relax for a day (and sleep). So I believe most people camp at the springs. I must warn you, be prepared to see naked people!
There is a BEAUTIFUL 45 minute hike down and about hour hike back. (The hike is backwards, you hike downhill to the springs and uphill back to your car). Contrary to what the ranch owner and other reviews online say, the hike is very simple (other than the hike back, which is very strenuous). There are literally two turns and when you pay to enter, you're provided with a map, just don't hike in flip flops. If I'm every back in SoCal again, I will be returning!
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