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Applegate Hot Springs

Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, California

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  • Parking is adjacent to the pool.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • The pool sits at a scenic spot looking out over the valley and the eastern slope of the Warner Mountains.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • Temperatures can be altered by adjusting the flow of water into the pool.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • Surfacing at about 180 degrees at the source, the water flows down a lengthy distance before being diverted into the soaking pool.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • Steam rises from the spring's source.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • At the source looking out over the valley.- Applegate Hot Springs
  • Wild horses near the spring.- Applegate Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic view. Will almost definitely have the pool to yourself.
Cons: 
Some adjustment needed to reach ideal temperatures. Located on open range.
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Region:
Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, CA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Number of pools: 
1
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Applegate Hot Springs, also known as Chicken Hot Springs, lie in a geothermally rich region of northeastern California's Surprise Valley. Two other more-accessable hot springs, Leonards and Glenn, have both recently been made off-limits by the property owners, leaving Applegate/Chicken as the lone soaking opportunity in this area.

Surfacing at up to 180 degrees at the sources, the spring water flows down a vein on the sage-spotted hillside until it reaches a single primitive pool. Adjusting the diversion rocks allows the hot water to flow in and heat the pool until the desired temperature is reached. Water temperature at the diversion point is about 112 degrees.

The pool is okay and large enough for several people to sit in, though the murky appearance of the water and the cow pies surrounding the area on this open range may be a bit of a turn-off for soakers.

On the plus side, the Applegate has a sweeping view of Surprise Valley, and it's a safe bet you'll have the springs to yourself. 

Access is by a graded gravel road until the final 1,000 yards; passenger cars and trucks should be able to make it barring any recent wet weather. You may just as easily opt for parking off the gravel road to walk up the water vein until hitting the pool. A firepit sits alongside the pool as well.

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