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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA

You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.

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"The ugly fence"

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... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2014
Fort Bragg, California
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Fort Bragg, California
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Reviewed October 2, 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.

2 Thank TwoTeaTotalers
Crestline, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

4 Thank Amanda S
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank eck1979
Laguna Niguel, California
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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!

4 Thank B A
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank pweiss
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Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

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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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.

2 Thank californiagirl55
los angeles
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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.

1 Thank amanda42
Whittier, California
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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.

1 Thank Chris H
Woodland Hills,CA
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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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