Apple Valley, Trail Guides

Secluded Hot Springs Hike Near Big Bear [Apple Valley]

2 Dec , 2017  

Natural rock pool at Deep Creek Hot Springs

Deep Creek Hot Springs is a natural hot springs near the Apple Valley an hour and a half from Big Bear (or 2.5 hours from LA). Here, you’ll find jacuzzi-looking rock tubs and will likely encounter a few nudists, though most people are in swimwear.

For guys, I recommend changing into your trunks after the hike. Bathing suits + hiking = chaffing.

Upon arrival to the site, you’ll find a creek and few different rock pools with each ranging in temperature from icy cold to sauna hot.

There are two ways to get to the springs. One way via Bowen Ranch has a $5 per car entry fee and an easier, albeit still taxing hike. However, recent Yelp reviews suggest that the entry and parking situation is a bit dicey.

These directions are for my preferred path, which has no entrance fee but adds about a half-mile to the hike. Be warned: the hills on the trail are some of the steepest in the region.



SCREENSHOT THESE DIRECTIONS: Hike to Deep Creek Hot Springs via Bradford Ridge Path

  • Trailhead Address: Deep Creek Hiking Area, San Bernardino County, CA 92359
  • Parking: Free parking off highway shoulder
  • Distance: 2.5 miles each way/5 miles total
  • Difficulty: 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮 out of 5
  • Step-By-Step Instructions: 
    1. Walk around the gate just off of the road.
    2. Follow along the trail.
    3. As you near the end of the very hilly 2.5 miles, you’ll come across a fork.
    4. Follow it right into the canyon until you discover the hot springs. Just remember to go left on the way back.


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