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Hiking - Fifth Water Hot Springs 10/14/23

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


Itinerary:

Trailhead - 7:30 am

Hike to Springs - 7:40 am - 9:30 am

Soak - 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Solar Eclipse - 10:30 am

Hike Back - 11:00 am

Home - 1:00 pm


Directions: Fifth Water Hot Springs Trailhead, Diamond Fork Cyn, Spanish Fork Cyn. To get to the trailhead, drive Hwy 6 east from Spanish Fork for about 11 miles to the signed Diamond Fork turnoff. Follow the Diamond Fork road about 10 miles to the signed trailhead “Three Forks Trailhead.” If there is no parking at the trailhead park in the turn offs .3 miles away from the trailhead


NOTE - road closes in the winter - around Oct to about May - about 3 miles before the trailhead making it a 10 mile hike round trip


Activity: Hike to Fifth Water Hot Springs - 4.5 mile total out and back hike to springs. Start at dirt parking lot with bathroom and pass east through gate. Continue straight on trail until it bends to the left (north) and hike gradually uphill about 1 mile to bridge. The trail crosses the bridge(halfway) going right (east) for another mile gradual incline to hot springs. There are several high dirt cliff areas with narrow trail. There are about 6 pools below the waterfall and 3 above the waterfall (hike to the left of the falls and then take your first right to access). The lower pools are more cloudy blue and the upper are more a clear green with some stonework. There are holes in the bottom of most pools to put in a rag or something to regulate how much cold water from the river comes in. There have been gopher and garter snakes spotted here, so be kind to them. No rattlers spotted yet. (Note: harmful bacteria is currently not present but do shower afterwards ) We were also there for the partial solar eclipse! All Trails Trip Report.


Gear: Swimsuit (wear or change there), towel, Jacket, winter hat/gloves (it will be cold starting out the hike), sandals/water shoes (it is nice to have a back on the water shoes, but flip flops will work), change of clothes. Hiking shorts/pants, synthetic T-shirt, long sleeve synthetic top, rain/windproof jacket, shoes with grip, 2 L water, 3-4 snacks, backpack, first aid kit, small knife, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat



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