A listing of hot springs in California that feature area hiking or require hiking or backpacking to reach. Single day (out and back) and multi-day.
These hikes offer a variety of challenges and rewards, from the relatively straightforward stroll to Buckeye Hot Springs near Bridgeport and the moderate 2-mile tramp to Gaviota Hot Springs near Santa Barbara to the more strenuous trek to Deep Creek Hot Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Hike to Hot Springs in California
California is home to some of the most unique hot springs in the country, many of which are located in remote areas that can only be accessed by hiking or backpacking. This makes for a truly unique and rewarding experience, as one can enjoy the natural beauty of the wilderness while also soaking in the soothing waters of the hot springs.
The hot springs themselves can vary in size and temperature, from small pools heated by geothermal activity to larger, man-made structures that accommodate groups of visitors.
Tips for hiking and backpacking to hot springs in California:
- Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go. Hot springs can be slippery when wet.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks. The hike to the springs can be long and strenuous, it’s important to stay hydrated and energized.
- Respect the environment. Hot springs are a fragile resource, so be sure to leave no trace.
- Have fun! Hiking and backpacking to hot springs is a great way to experience the beauty of California and enjoy the healing powers of nature.
- Don’t forget to grab a map that you can markup with your favorite hot springs for offline adventures!
Select a hot springs from the listing below to learn more.