Deep Creek Hot Springs, San Bernardino

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Deep Creek Hot Springs, DCHS, are natural hot springs located in the northern Mojave Desert section of the San Bernardino National Forest, near Hesperia in San Bernardino County, Southern California.GeographyThe springs are in the rain shadowed desert foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains on the Deep Creek fork of the Mojave River. They are in a large bouldered riparian zone, surrounded by a rich habitat ecotone of the xeric shrublands—desert chaparral, montane chaparral and woodlands, and conifer forest plant communities.The Southwestern Arroyo Toad—Bufo californicus, an endangered species, lives along Deep Creek.RecreationDeep Creek Hot Springs, being located next to Deep Creek, provides both hot and cold water locations for clothing optional bathing. The site is managed by the San Bernardino National Forest. Water from the creek or pools is not advised for consumption without treatment or filtering, and bringing sufficient drinking water is advised. Freedom Trail reaches Deep Creek Hot Springs, and The Pacific Crest Trail along the creek crosses the area.
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  • I'm not gonna lie, but the gravel road is pretty rough, even for my truck.......but worth it if you enjoy geothermal hot springs or just curious like I was. The springs are in ,and next to Hot Creek, ...  more »
  • This place on our list of to do... glad it's done and off my bucket list. About 5 mile round trip hike. Going down very steep and at some points dangerous trail. Oh and we parked at Bowen ranch. At 60...  more »
  • My fiancé and I went there with a little trepidation after reading the reviews. The drive in along the dirt road was bumpy. We only had a Sudan but we made by going slow. The guy at the ranch was a fe...  more »
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  • Great day hike to Deep Creek Hot Springs. I loved this place. There are a couple different ways to get to the hot springs but we took the Bradford Ridge Path. Bradford was about 2.5 miles and was mostly flat except for the last .5 mile going to the hot springs which was very steep but not too difficult. Our hike took about 1 hr and 40 mins in and about the same amount of time going out. This place is known to be clothing optional and the trail is also known to be clothing optional so you will see naked people there but it's not a big deal. This place is known to get busy on weekends and holidays. We went on a Wednesday and there was about 15 people there.
  • I grew up frequently visiting this Hot Springs. The easiest way to access it is to park at “The Bowen Ranch” it is $5 pp for day time and $10 for night time. This parking area is PRIVATE property not government property which is why he charges. From there it is about a 2 mile hike to the hot springs. If you don’t want to pay for parking and don’t mind going on a longer hike you can park near the dam (close to hesperia lakes). From there you can make the trek to the hot springs. Do not forget to bring water!!! Please be careful when visiting the hot springs lately crimes are increasingly common. Also please respect the environment and keep the hot springs a place that everyone will enjoy.
  • It's beautiful here. Not a long hike but it is steep so beware. If you bring kids I'd maybe bring a rope with you incase, or better yet leave them home because it is a bit of a nudist spot.
  • It's a great place to go hiking. Probably not for the first timer. It's a bit steep and the climb out can be taxing if you're not up to it. It is a little less than a thousand feet down to the creek over a two and a half mile trail. Also be prepared to see nude hikers in the parking lot and on the trails.
  • Loved the hike, definitely recommend! Here’s a few quick takeaways: Planning for the Trip - $5 per person entrance fee - Very bumpy road with small and large rocks leading up to the parking spot. I drove a Prius and drove very slow, but I would take another car with better suspension if I had a choice. - BRING LOTS OF WATER! It’s a short hike, but the hot springs will really dehydrate you. Some mention a copper pipe where you can get water while there, but that’s an extremely hot source that trickles out a small stream of water. I’m going to bring a gallon or more next time. - Cops visit often during the holidays, such as the day before Easter when I went. Everyone was smoking and drinking, but I saw someone get a ticket from a federal agent, so hide your stuff before you cross the first pond to get to the hot spring rocks. - Bring a trash bag if you’re going to be eating or drinking, littering is EXTREMELY frowned upon down there and you will be called out. The Hike - It’s very easy to get down, but somewhat difficult to hike back up. - I went with a friend who did no cardio, and he had to stop several times on the way back up. - I do cardio semi-regularly, and it was a breeze for me. - Some of the paths are very narrow and sandy so I’d recommend wearing decent shoes or hiking boots if possible. I saw some people hiking down with flats and flip flops, and they struggled to get back up. The Hot Springs - They are awesome, but somewhat difficult to walk through because of the natural algae that grows in them, so be careful when you first get in. That’s all I can think of for now, I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did!
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