Buckeye Hot Spring
Buckeye Hot Spring
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WeAlwaysWAnder
Olympia, WA3,179 contributions
Jun 2020
After a day of traveling, we camped just down the road and were able to cool down and then warm back up in this hot springs / cold river therapy area. Like many others have said, this hot springs was busy on our visit, but there was still lots of parking area. The access down to the river could be too steep for some, I tried to snap a picture, but given there were people there choosing to dip naked, I didn't want to be snapping pictures over the edge rudely. But just know that the hillside is a loose dirt/rock steep climb. Once down to the water there were a couple of man-built dipping areas made by piling stones to capture the hot water and create a 3 foot or so deep pool. I had to sit to be comfortable in the heat. And just on the other side of the pool - freezing cold river water. It was very refreshing and a nice way to relax with a cool beverage and talk to some new friends!
Written November 3, 2020
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Blake
1 contribution
Aug 2021
This place is awesome. Both cold and hot. Go. Just make sure the road is okay (not too much snow) and your vehicle can handle it. For reference, I've seen sedans and minivans make it during the warm months, just drive carefully.
Written November 13, 2021
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monicafern
San Francisco, CA28 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
This hot spring is not the easiest place to find, but well worth the trip. It's several miles up a dirt and gravel road near Buckeye Camp Ground. There are about 4-5 pools at the edge of Buckeye Creek that people have walled off with rocks to catch the hot spring water that cascades over the rocks above the creek. It's clothing optional, as we found out when we got there and there was an old man sitting on the rocks wearing a t-shirt, but no pants. Not exactly the view we wanted to see, but oh well.
Written October 31, 2011
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GwendolynAP
Ventura, CA105 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
I've visited Buckeye many times over the years and most recently on July 4 around midday. There's a large pool beside the river with part of it under a cave. There's also two hot pools on the hillside above the river. Because there were so many people in the riverside pool, we hung out for about an hour in and around the VERY HOT pool on the hillside -- my husband's watch read 108 degrees! Plus it was a really HOT day -- about 100. This is better visited in the evening time and not on a holiday weekend.
Written July 10, 2017
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mojorayjones
Oakland, CA98 contributions
Jun 2017
Once upon a time, one could venture a few miles down the dirt/gravel road in the Humboldt Toiyabe Nat'l Forest to Buckeye creek where Buckeye Hot springs is and find yourself alone or almost alone in a 'clothing optional' setting. The source literally springs from the hillside at appox 140 degrees into the creek, where people make pools out of river stone to retain the hot spring water. Buckeye creek water is rather cold year round, so careful construction of the pools, that allow for a mixing of river and hot spring water makes a good dip. But, due to the internet and the general de-evolution of mankind, the place has deteriorated. It is now over run, by people with vicious dogs, who are unleashed. A younger age group of children are often tagging along parents who don't exactly encourage the 'clothing optional" scene from days of yore. The place used to be a special spot where you might meet a small crowd of easy going people. But, now is usually over run by a different element of individual who tend to ruin the experience for some of Us.
Written July 4, 2017
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adina_kap
San Jose, CA8 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
Yes. This is a natural hot springs where you can fully experience being natural in nature. Becoming one with where we all came from and where we will go again. It is a special place. Please respect it.

If you are looking for a family picnic spot, head to the spa or water park where there are regulations for swim suits, and being loud is encouraged. This is for communing and being. And it is AMAZING.
Written July 3, 2018
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Linda P
51 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Buckeye Hot Springs is not easy to find, but worth asking for directions. To access the hot springs, you have to hike down a cliff with some loose rock and brush. There are a couple of mud bottomed shallow pits surrounded by rocks on the upper level of the cliff, but these are not the ones to visit! You need to hike down to the river where you'll see steam rising. You'll also see red stained rock with water trickling down the cliff. This water is scalding hot! At the bottom of the cliff you'll find 3 hot springs in a beautiful setting on the edge of a rocky river. There are caves, but they are very small - more like low undercuts of the rock but large enough to sit underneath. The first pool is the hottest and they progress to freezing cold. This site is all natural and worth a visit.
Written October 3, 2017
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Cowgirltripper
35 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
A short drive off highway 395 and then a short hike takes you to a lovely hotspings right in a river. Soak away the hiking and riding soreness form your week in the Sierras.
Written September 24, 2012
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WPW
1 contribution
May 2019 • Friends
Lovely travertine springs dripping into a creek side pool. Better st lower river runoff levels as the snowmelt cools the edge of the hot pool.
Our only beef was w/ some folks hot springs etiquette vis a vis Bluetooth speakers. We’d prefer to listen to the music Nature provides. The cascading creek, bird songs and wind in the trees are part of what we seek out in such special spots.
I love music created by humans But if I want that experience I can listen to that in a hot tub.
Written May 15, 2019
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Paul B
Carson City, NV37 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
It used to be possible to skinnydip here, but not any longer. Local law enforcement are too clothes-minded.
Written August 27, 2018
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