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Fifth Water Hot Springs

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An easy hike to amazing hot springs.


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Out and Back

6,168' 1,880 m

High

5,560' 1,695 m

Low

613' 187 m

Up

613' 187 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The lower road gate closes at first snow of the year and opens late spring.

Overview

This is an easy hike for everyone. It only gains a few hundred feet over 2.25 miles to the Fifth Water Hot Springs. Once there, you can check out the short waterfall and soak in the hot springs. There are about 12 different pools that have been created, and each one varies in temperature.

Description

To get to the trailhead, take I-15 south to US-6 Exit 258. Take the road east toward the mountains for about 11 miles. Shortly after the road narrows to one lane, you'll see a turn of on the left for Diamond Fork. Turn here and continue on until you reach the Three Forks Trailhead.

From the Three Forks trailhead, park and head through the gate next to the bathroom. Head straight up the trail. (Do not cross the footbridge on the right side.) Follow Fifth Water Creek on the right (Sixth Water continues on the left).

Numerous pools and small rapids liven the scenery along with strange looking conglomerate formations. You'll smell the odor from the hot sulfur springs, the largest of which are located 1.5 miles up Fifth Water Creek, where a cold waterfall meets the hot bubbling springs. You'll know you are getting close when you can smell the rotten egg smell. You'll see the springs on the right-hand side along the river.

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Shared By:

shawn Kenney with improvements by Liz

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One of the lower hot springs to sit in.
Oct 28, 2015 near Mapleton, UT
Diamond Fork Hot Springs Trail.
Apr 17, 2016 near Mapleton, UT

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Oct 9, 2021
Jim Bob Pipes
Soaked for two hours in the springs and watched the stars. It was perfect! Trail was wet but hard packed.
Jun 13, 2021
Becky Pipes
Birthday skinny dipping. 4.5mi
Nov 2, 2019
Danny Situ
Oct 28, 2019
Ethan Gehl
Jun 1, 2019
Cynthia Duran
May 5, 2019
Flora Hardy
Staci, Lindy, and I took our time. And caught a lift back up the road on Denis's converted school bus! Very fun celebrating a belated 30th bday! 4.5mi — 2h 45m
Mar 9, 2019
Rob Amerling
6.3mi
Feb 9, 2019
Jordan Bernhardt
Sean and Janine visiting from Seattle. Packed snow at the way. 6.5mi