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

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Awesome! Must See!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Lake Elsinore
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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
59 helpful votes 59 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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Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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229 reviews 229 reviews
25 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

When I was a kid, up until my teens, you could swim in Hot Creek, which was great because the lakes in the area are very cold. Around 2008, they banned swimming...my theory is that, with major cut-backs, they could no longer afford to have personnel come test the creek every day for temperature changes, so it's too risky. I'm... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is one of those places you should stop and see, take a moment to really think about what you're are seeing. You can't get very close, but you get a darn good idea of the heat!

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New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you are heading to Hot Creek to go into the creek, be warned that there are signs about it being unlawful and fines. That said the day we were there a group of people (locals??) was doing just that. To me and my family it was not worth the trouble and risk. The geological feature is okay, but again... More 

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