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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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Alert! Forest Service advisory to NOT SWIM. Geyser activity is peaking.

We visited the Forest Service's facility in Mammoth Lakes and were warned to NOT take a dip in Hot Creek. Geyser activity is peaking and temps exceed 200 degrees in places. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Diamond Bar, California
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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited the Forest Service's facility in Mammoth Lakes and were warned to NOT take a dip in Hot Creek. Geyser activity is peaking and temps exceed 200 degrees in places. The literature from the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) and the Forest Service have published data that the Long Valley Caldera's volcanic activity makes these thermal springs unpredictable; parts of... More 

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La Crescenta, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Hot Creek is one of those places you should see once but don't need to see again. It's an interesting geological feature that you can't have direct access to for safety reasons. I understand that the fishing is great further down the creek (but is catch and release only).

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Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Outside, across from Convict Lake and near the little airport, this fish hatchery is a great, informative place to visit. Staff is informative.

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Bonita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great geological site where you see bubbling hot water and sulfur ponds. It is about 3 mile from 395, half paved, half dirt road. It is free and has bathrooms. You walk down to the creek below that is fenced and one cannot swim because of the deaths and injuries that have occurred because of the scalding water. In certain... More 

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Northridge, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Drove out here with the wide and took the Gorge Trail Hike. This place is absolutely beautiful and is also very interesting. Well worth the time.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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

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Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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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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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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