Walker Warm Springs rise from the source near the edge of an extremely rugged portion of the Walker River and flow into a beautiful stone and cement pool that makes a refreshing reward for those willing to search out this isolated location.
Flowing from the source at over 120 degrees, a small pipe carries water into the stone pool where it cools significantly, with the temperature of the pool hovering around 100 degrees. Though the pool was built with drains and plugs that might allow for adjusting the temperature, the relatively slow flow means that it is unlikely you'll be able to get the pool much warmer than this.
Bighorn sheep tracks abound, and just across a clearing it's possible to hear the Walker River flowing. A lone cottonwood sits beside the pool, and the tub itself is large enough to fit six people comfortably.
The catch, however, is reaching these springs in the first place...
The spring lies in a very rural part of the state, far from any type of cell service or amenities. The network of dirt roads to reach the spring gradually become rougher, rockier and more rutted as each turn leads to a smaller and more isolated track. Only those with lifted 4WD cars should attempt to reach the springs; all others should plan on parking and hiking in.
The hike, 3.2 miles one-way for those who can drive to the top of the ridge line before the canyon (or 4.2 miles one-way for those who would prefer not to take their cars over the rough and boulder-strewn track to the ridge), consists of a 920-foot descent, steep at times, from the top of the ridge into a stony soft-sand wash before coming to the river. Once at the river, it is a relatively easy 0.4-mile trek upstream until you reach the the pool. The hike down is clear, providing you stick to the predominant path. Ruins of an old mine at about the 1.5 mile mark from the ridgetop parking spot will confirm that you're heading the right direction.
There is no shade along the hike, and the thigh-burner of a climb awaits you after your soak. And though not the most scenic, the pool at the spring makes a great place to soak feeling that your miles from anything and anyone - and most likely, you are!
Nearest amenities of any type are in the town of Hawthorne. There is no cell signal, and all of the roads leading to the spring are used infrequently. Plan accordingly.