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Shepherd Hot Spring

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • The spring lies down a series of dirt roads below the scenic Eastern Sierra.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • Shephard Hot Spring.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • The source of Shephard Hot Spring is a spring that is too hot to soak in located 20 feet from the cement soaking tub.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • Water temperature can be controlled using a valve on a pipe from the spring's source.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • Shephard Hot Spring.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • Shepherd Hot Spring lying amidst several hot water springs in the meadow.- Shepherd Hot Spring
  • A dirt parking lot is immediately beside the soaking pool. The pool may not fit more than about four people at once.- Shepherd Hot Spring
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Several nearby soaking options.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Access is impassable in snowy conditions.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Number of pools: 
1
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Shepherd Hot Spring is another of the abundant hot springs along California's Eastern Sierra. Lying in a meadow just south of the town of Mammoth Lakes, Shepherd is a single cement pool built adjacent to the source. The temperature of the pool can be adjusted with a valve on a pipe that carries water from the source spring located about 20 feet away.

Due to its relatively simple driving directions, Shepherd Hot Spring has a tendency to see a few more people than some of the other nearby springs. In a maze of unmarked dirt roads, many of these springs, such as Crab Cooker, require more complex navigation and high-clearance vehicles to reach. 

Accessed by two unpaved roads navigable by most passenger vehicles under dry conditions, the Shepherd Hot Spring pool is large enough to comfortably fit four people, maybe six if soakers don't mind getting cozy with each other. The water temperature hovers just over 100 degrees when the pipe from the source is on. The source itself is much hotter, but the size of the soaking pool ensures that the water cools significantly. 

A small dirt parking area lies immediately beside the tub, and though camping is prohibited at the spring, camping on public land is abundant slightly west of the spring. There are no bathroom or trash facilities of any kind at the spring.

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