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Fifth Water Hot Springs – Diamond Fork Canyon – Spanish Fork
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Overview
Location

Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah

Sights

Large natural hot springs, mountain stream, forest scenery

Distance

5 miles out and back

Parking Lot Elevation

5,526

Summit Elevation

6,120

Elevation Gain/Loss

626

Time Required

2-5 hours

Pets

Allowed but please be very courteous and keep them out of the springs. We have seen several people whose dogs run rampant. These people could lead to pets not being allowed at all.

Fees

None

Water Info

Lots if you want to purify

Best Season

Any. It does add 8 miles to the trek if hiked in winter but it is an incredible place to visit in winter. I have only been once during any other time. Winter Trail Head: 40.07668N, 111.41615W

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade. The springs themselves are in open sunlight

Trail Condition

Very well traveled dirt path

Restrooms

At trail head

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Parking Lot:40.08475N, 111.35541W
Hot Springs:40.08311N, 111.32236W

Trail Map

Driving Directions


The Trail:

Fifth Water Hot Springs is a gorgeous area. It is no longer a secret and is VERY crowded almost all of the time. It is still worth the effort and is a very unique hike. The hot springs themselves are great for soaking and make the area have some very unique color contrasts. The hike is pretty easy making it very family friendly. In many places it is a tradition to bath naked in hot springs. This is illegal in Utah. Please help keep this a place that is safe for families and be courteous. I have seen rangers giving out tickets before. Dogs are allowed on the trail but please tie them near you where they can’t bother others. Few things can ruin someones relaxing time like your hyper dog jumping around in the water and bothering them. I love dogs but we all need to be courteous of others who may not find our pets as cute as we do. If you can get around the issues that are caused by this being such a popular place then it is incredible. Places normally become popular for a reason. There is a parking lot that can fill up very quickly so the earlier you can make it, the better. This can also help you get a good place in the water.

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The trail starts out very wide and follows Sixth Water Creek.

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There is a lot of shade and cover in this area.

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Sixth Water Creek can be very impressive even in fall as it is pictured below.

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You will soon cross a bridge over Sixth Water Creek and the trail will follow Fifth Water Creek the remainder of the way.

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There are several spots for a small group to camp in this area.

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You will soon begin smelling the sulfur odors that come with most natural hot springs. The water will start to change and there are many colorful areas full of algae.

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The water just keeps getting more blue until you come to the first of the bathing pools. From here on out the whole creek is warm.

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My favorite spot to sit is just after the first pool because the trees keep you away from the crowds and there are small waterfalls.

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Soon after you will come to the main hot springs. There are many pools that vary in temperature.

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At the top there is a waterfall that is more impressive during spring but is still pretty. This marks the end of the best springs. There are a few more spots above the falls but the water is not as warm.

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The Return:

You must return to you vehicle the way you came.

 


Personal Thoughts:

I love hot springs and I usually hate crowds. These are so spectacular that is makes me almost forget the crowds. (Almost) Especially if you have never been these are a great place to visit. You can normally escape the crowds in winter but the hike becomes more treacherous and much longer but the place is truly a winter wonderland.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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