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McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

 4.5 (12)

Length


3.6 Miles 5.8 Kilometers


722' 220 m

Ascent

-722' -220 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,479' 2,280 m

High

6,792' 2,070 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

Conditions


All Clear 20 days ago
Dry: Trail is dry, no snow, very little mud. One big tree over the trail just prior to the springs, but its easy to get over. History

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This hike to warm springs is perennially popular due to both its brief length and iconic views of Battleship Rock.

Kristen Arendt

Dogs Unknown

Features Hot Spring · River/Creek · Views

Overview

At 4.3 miles roundtrip, the trek up to the McCauley Hot Springs offers epic views of cliff bands in the Jemez Mountains as well as the unique opportunity to look down onto the top of the monolithic Battleship Rock.

Description

Park at the Battleship Rock Day Use Area. At the trailhead, follow the trails with round trail markers attached to trees. Very soon the trail will fork, and the hot springs are accessible via the right fork, which essentially continues straight.

Hikers should be very careful to follow the correct route, as a second route heads into the Jemez and peters out after climbing several miles above Battleship Rock.

Though elevation gain is less than 100 feet, many trekkers find some of the steeper sections somewhat strenuous, so this trail may not be advisable for families with young children.

After just over two miles of switchbacks up the side of the mountain, the trail wanders into a wooded area lined with gigantic pine trees. Once in the trees, the trail becomes less difficult, until the hot springs materialize unexpectedly.

Return to the trailhead via the same route.

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Oct 28, 2018
Keith Conway
Beautiful trail, and a beautiful time of year to see it. Nice fall colors. 1.8mi — 0h 50m
May 19, 2018
Amy Parsons
Great hike- tripped over a few rocks/roots. 4.2mi — 2h 30m
Mar 7, 2018
Josiah Abney
Little bit of snow on be trail but incredible views 4mi
Jan 19, 2018
Suzi Grotelueschen
Jan 3, 2018
Dustin Galuppo
Dec 30, 2017
Anthony Koppi
Oct 9, 2017
Rachel Huber
Jul 24, 2017
Ted Gould

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  4.5 from 12 votes

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