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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Activities: Swimming, Fishing
Description: You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.

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Like a mini-Yellowstone

Seeing the water bubble, steam and even form mini-geysers as a result of geothermal energy was fascinating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Bruce G
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Seeing the water bubble, steam and even form mini-geysers as a result of geothermal energy was fascinating.

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Redlands, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

After visiting Yellowstone, Hot Creek seems tiny. If you haven't ever seen a hot spring this would be a interesting place to visit. There is a good place to park and the trail is paved. It is well marked. We saw many families crossing the marked boundary. Which I don't agree with, as the tempatures of the water are scolding.... More 

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Ventura, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We finally visited Hot Creek for the first time. It's pretty amazing. I'm a volcanologist and I'm ashamed to say I had not been there before, but have travelled to Iceland more than once and have visited hot springs and geysers all over Iceland. I was very impressed and pleasantly surprised to see this place of beauty practically in our... More 

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Lake Elsinore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Loved this place! Officials must be really busy because when we got there there were 2 guys drinking beer in the hot water with a cooler on the side with at least 20 crushed beer cans. Fence was moved to the side and several families were in the prohibited area. We only stuck our fingers in water but did not... More 

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Cool, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We visited in late October, late enough to miss the Summer crowds and before the Winter snow. We were able to walk around the fence without issue. If you choose to do so, use common sense! No standing next to or on top of active vents. We were able to get awesome pics of the area. A local told us... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Interesting place with the geothermal activity. Not much to do and way off the beaten path. If this stuff intrigues you its worth the stop. Otherwise I would leave it behind.

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Roseville, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If you've never been to Yellowstone, this is worth seeing! The walk is short but a bit steep uphill from the creek. I suggest seeing late in the day when temps are lower. That way, you can see more steam and get better pictures.

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Huntington Beach, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Very weird.. A creek in the middle os the high desert that is hot enough to cook fish and humans?!!! The area used to be unfenced allowing bathing but ten years back the activity soared with many people getting hurt so nw it is fenced. Parts are still bather accessabke. But please leave the bathing suit on....

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Fort Bragg, California
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233 reviews 233 reviews
26 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The area all around Hot Creek and the hot springs is simply beautiful. Except for the ugly fence.Its meant to keep people from bathing and therefore burning themselves.We spent a couple hours poking around, but easily could have made it a day. A unique, natural wonder.

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Crestline, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a creek that runs over a hot spot in the earth causing the water to boil and steam to rise. It has become too hot in recent years for the public to swim there anymore but it is still an interesting walk along the shore for those with little to no experence with such things. Do not put... More 

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