Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
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Water Temperature
0.00
Sensitive Habitat
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Adjacent swimming pools and shade from cottonwood grove.

Cons

Overnight camping prohibited. Hot springs water can carry disease.

Features

Natural

Number of pools

3

Location

Field Guide

Comments

05/09/2018
I grew up near these springs and have been going for the last 15 years or so. If you are thinking about taking a trip to these springs its important to remember that when you step out toward the trail, you want to head South West from Bowen Ranch. Three weeks ago I was four wheeling about two miles East of Bowen and I encountered two hikers who had lost their way and wondered off in the wrong direction and were way off track. Just remember to head downhill toward the canyon and keep moving West. Oh, and mind the rattle snakes!

Once you arrive it is well worth the trip. I recommend trips in the dead of winter. The pools are warm enough to sleep in year round (Something I do every year) and you are far more likely to get the place to yourself. Bring lots of water for the trip, and if you have a filter you can safely refill bottles when you reach the springs for your trip back out. We are in the dessert out here, and we don't call the hike out 'Mt. Motherfucker' for nothing so stay hydrated. Safe adventures!
05/09/2018
I grew up near these springs and have been going for the last 15 years or so. If you are thinking about taking a trip to these springs its important to remember that when you step out toward the trail, you want to head South West from Bowen Ranch. Three weeks ago I was four wheeling about two miles East of Bowen and I encountered two hikers who had lost their way and wondered off in the wrong direction and were way off track. Just remember to head downhill toward the canyon and keep moving West. Oh, and mind the rattle snakes!

Once you arrive it is well worth the trip. I recommend trips in the dead of winter. The pools are warm enough to sleep in year round (Something I do every year) and you are far more likely to get the place to yourself. Bring lots of water for the trip, and if you have a filter you can safely refill bottles when you reach the springs for your trip back out. We are in the dessert out here, and we don't call the hike out 'Mt. Motherfucker' for nothing so stay hydrated. Safe adventures!
05/09/2018
I grew up near these springs and have been going for the last 15 years or so. If you are thinking about taking a trip to these springs its important to remember that when you step out toward the trail, you want to head South West from Bowen Ranch. Three weeks ago I was four wheeling about two miles East of Bowen and I encountered two hikers who had lost their way and wondered off in the wrong direction and were way off track. Just remember to head downhill toward the canyon and keep moving West. Oh, and mind the rattle snakes!

Once you arrive it is well worth the trip. I recommend trips in the dead of winter. The pools are warm enough to sleep in year round (Something I do every year) and you are far more likely to get the place to yourself. Bring lots of water for the trip, and if you have a filter you can safely refill bottles when you reach the springs for your trip back out. We are in the dessert out here, and we don't call the hike out 'Mt. Motherfucker' for nothing so stay hydrated. Safe adventures!
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