Directions: Fifth Water Hot Springs, Diamond Fork Cyn, Spanish Fork Cyn (NOTE - road closes in the winter - around Nov to about May - about 3 miles before the trailhead making it a 10 mile hike round trip)
Hike to Fifth Water hot springs - 2.25 mile one way 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 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.
**With the drought this year, there is no river water to cool the pools, so everyone is sitting in the riverbed and have made many more pools as the hot spring water makes it's way down.
Gear - Hiking shorts, swimming suit, towel, synthetic T-shirt, long sleeve synthetic top, light waterproof jacket(optional), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camelback or regular back pack with waist belt, 2 Liters water, 3-4 snacks, first aid kit, hiking boots/running shoes or sandals.
Sample Itinerary -
Hike in - 1 hr
Soak - 1-3 hr
Hike out - 45 min