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McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Loop

7,479' 2,280 m

High

6,792' 2,070 m

Low

722' 220 m

Up

722' 220 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  4.6 from 15 votes

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Near Battleship Rock.
Nov 23, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM
Heading through the woods.
Nov 23, 2016 near Jemez P…, NM
The first of the hot, or "warm" springs in our case, stunning.
Mar 12, 2018 near Jemez P…, NM
Falls full from the spring melt, what a beautiful and refreshing noise!
Mar 12, 2018 near Jemez P…, NM

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Jul 3, 2020
Hammuravi Contreras
Jun 7, 2020
Jose Lerma
Oct 28, 2019
Laura Mohn
High-low: 37-19F Began before 10. Snowing, windy, snowy trail, low visibility but dreamy snow-covered trees. Trail suddenly disappears, dead-ends.… 4.3mi — 9h 00m
Sep 10, 2019
Erin M
Amazing warm springs at the top! 3.6mi
Jul 2, 2019
Aaron Niskin
3.6mi — 12h 00m
Jun 30, 2019
Elizabeth Wait
Time includes 30 min at springs. Sign that said "McCauley Springs 2 miles" slightly into Trail 137. I recommend taking longer than we did. 4mi
Mar 30, 2019
Etienne Vermeulen
Oct 28, 2018
Keith Conway
Beautiful trail, and a beautiful time of year to see it. Nice fall colors. 1.8mi — 0h 50m