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Deep Creek Hot Springs

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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  • Parking, trailhead and camping area at Bowen Ranch.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • View south along the Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei) along the trail to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Buckwheat species along the trail to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Entrance gate into San Bernardino National Forest.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Signage en route to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • First view south into Deep Creek Canyon.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • View down to Deep Creek adjacent to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • View west to Deep Creek Canyon toward the Mojave Desert.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • View of the pools adjacent to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Deep Creek adjacent to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) at Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Upper pool at Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
  • Upper pool at Deep Creek Hot Springs.- Deep Creek Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Adjacent swimming pools and shade from cottonwood grove.
Cons: 
Overnight camping prohibited. Hot springs water can carry disease.
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Alerts: 
Hot springs visitors should be informed of posted restrictions and warnings specific to the area. Deep Creek Hot Springs are known to contain primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a rare disease that can sometimes cause death.
Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Access: 
Hike-in
Congestion: 
High
Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Number of pools: 
3
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest’s Deep Creek drainage, Deep Creek Hot Springs attracts visitors from around the world. The pools can be reached via the 2.5-mile Bowen Ranch Road Trail, although the path is quite steep. Another option is to begin at Arrowhead Lake Road and head east along the Pacific Coast Trail for 6 miles. The hot springs are comprised of three pools that can accommodate a total of 20 people. Deep Creek runs alongside the hot springs. Visitors enjoy splashing in various swimming holes and lounging around on the corresponding beaches in the summer months.

Many species of animals live in the area. Fishermen are able to catch Mojave chub, brown trout, and rainbow trout in Deep Creek, while nesting golden eagles can be seen overhead. Deer, mountain lions, black bears, rattlesnakes, and the endangered southwestern Arroyo toad reside near the hot springs as well. Conservationists are particularly concerned about the Arroyo toad, which is green or gray in color, covered in spots, and measures less than three inches.

While bathing in the hot springs is generally considered safe, it is important to remember that the waters here are known to carry primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. This disease can be fatal, so visitors should take care not to ingest or dunk their heads in the water. The temperature in this area can also be hazardous, sometimes resting at more than 100 degree, so proper hydration is vital.

Visitors hoping to see more of the San Bernardino Forest should check out Silverwood Lake Swim Beach, Lake Gregory Regional Park, and the East Public Boat Launch or continue hiking along Deep Creek to the warm springs further down the drainage. Those coming from out of town can round out their experience by camping at either the Silverwood Lake Group Campgrounds or the Mesa Campground, both of which are approximately one hour from the hot springs.

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