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Remington Hot Springs

Southern Sierra, California

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  • Parking area for Remington Hot Springs.- Remington Hot Springs
  • A short, steep trail leads down to the springs.- Remington Hot Springs
  • Trails branch off in seemingly every direction, but as long as you're heading downhill, you'll reach the springs.- Remington Hot Springs
  • The oldest pool, the "miner's bath."- Remington Hot Springs
  • Intricate stonework around the tubs.- Remington Hot Springs
  • Remington hot springs tubs set beside the Kern River.- Remington Hot Springs
  • Remington Hot Springs.- Remington Hot Springs
  • The isolated location of Remington Hot Springs provides a clear view of the night sky.- Remington Hot Springs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing riverside location. Multiple tubs with varying temperatures.
Cons: 
Consistently crowded. Area can be dirty from heavy use.
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Region:
Southern Sierra, CA
Access: 
Hike-in
Congestion: 
High
Distance: 
0.25 mi (0.40 km)
Number of pools: 
4
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Remington Hot Springs are a set of three man-made tubs that are beautifully constructed and well-maintained by locals. The tubs are  perched on the edge of the Kern River slightly downstream from Lake Isabella. 

It's location in the low mountain pass between the cities of Bakersfield and Ridgecrest make it an excellent spot for nighttime stargazing, and the numerous nooks and sandy riverside areas provide excellent camping opportunities. 

All of these features have a tradeoff, however. It is rare that you will ever find Remington without at least several other soakers, and possibly quite a few other soakers. Regardless of season or time of day (or night), this is a popular spot with locals and travelers alike. Though soakers do a good job of keeping the area picked up - there is only a single trash can at the parking area - and informing soakers to rinse their feet off outside of the tubs before entering, the tubs have a tendency to have trash, and cigarette butts accumulate.

There is a quarter-mile hike from the dirt parking lot down steep dusty trails to the springs. Paths fork off from each other, but as long as you keep heading down, you'll find the springs or the riverside, which you can trace until you see the springs.

About 50 feet above the three tubs is a single small pool known as "the miner's tub," which is the oldest of the tubs. The three that sit at the riverside each have pipes connecting to each other to allow for draining and cleaning. The flow from the warmest top pool (over 100 degrees) can be used to adjust the temperatures in the progressively cooler lower pools (sub-100 degrees).

Bathers are customarily nude here, though technically this is on Forest Service land, and rangers make occasional visits to hand out tickets and warnings for being nude in public. The pools will leave you smelling a bit sulphurous as well.

At dawn and dusk, bats circling above the river will put on a show.

Be respectful here, as nearby Miracle Hot Springs, a former resort, were destroyed by the Forest Service due to consistent problems with bathers.

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