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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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  • 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 »
  • Deep Creek is not for everyone. It's not for me. I find that that trash left behind and naked strangers walking by and sharing the same water is a bit disconcerting. Must be my age. I wish I was more ...  more »
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  • This is my favorite place on Earth. Hike naked down the goat trail from the Bowen Ranch where you can also camp naked. Spend the day nude and respect the springs! No music, pack it in pack it out, respect others, no glass... common sense stuff.
  • Not for the weakhearted. Lovely area! Water is refreshing. Hiking uphill is the hardest part but well worth the adventure.
  • Despite the mandatory hike in, not an Idyllic nature preserve by any means. You will most likely be sharing space with stoned, sunburned "Bra'"s, blaring their bad reggae & preparing to leave their empty beer cans/JD bottles/ Crisp bags etc.. behind. If you came the long, hard trek from 173, this is a rude arrival. But if you already had that in mind, you're golden. Multiple hot tubs on a river, mountain vistas and bird song if you duck around the boulders to escape the "tunes". It makes you wish for an emptier, better behaved planet. But hey, this is So Cal.
  • First hike and I loved it. Parked at Bowen Ranch, they were lovely. Not a bad hike, but calfskin were sore the next day.
  • Special thanks to the gentleman working the entrance, Michael, thank you so much for all that you do in terms of conservation and safety for this hot spring. It is people like you who make a real difference. My friend Sara and I had a blast and were impressed by the sense of community there.