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Hot Creek

Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Ranked #14 of 26 Attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Activities: Swimming, Fishing
Description: You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.
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Crestline, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Well-worth a visit: don't be put off by the unpaved road leading to the site. The reek of sulphur; the bubbling turquoise pools; the signs warning of death and arsenic: it all makes for an exciting hour or two, filling the kids's heads with science and geology while they're too interested in the dangers to even notice! It's very tempting... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I had no idea this existed in Mammoth but so glad we drove off the beaten path to see it. It is like a mini Yellowstone .You do have to look very carefully for the signs (Fish Hatchery, Hot Creek) and you will have to travel on some gravel road for a bit, but it really is worth seeing.

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los angeles
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96 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The sulfuric smell of the hot springs can be smelt from the parking lot so you know you're at the right place. It's a brief walk down the path to get a closer look and it's really a great view. Note: they also have bathrooms at this location and the dirt path can be a bit rough.

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Whittier, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our last stop before going home. It's a must see. If you wish to fish, it's a catch and release fly fishing. It's great way to hike down to the craters and see it still boiling.

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Woodland Hills,CA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have been coming to Mammoth for years (skiing) and I can't believe we never stopped there. This place is amazing! So breathtaking it is unreal. You can do a little (or bigger) hike and go down to be closer. Or you can just admire from the top and take some pictures. But if you can , do walk down-... More

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Danville, CA
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We've been coming here since the '70s, so it's hard to see it in its current state. Back in the old days, there would be dozens, maybe 100s here on a holiday weekend swimming and soaking in the mixed hot thermal and cold creek water or sunning on the creek banks. Now that area at the bottom of the walkway... More

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