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Interesting Geological Feature

Hot Creek is exactly what its name implies - full of boiling hot springs and fumaroles in a nice... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2012
Bubbling creek

You can make the hike as long or as short as you'd like. You are unable to get very close to the... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2012
Diana F
Stephentown, New York
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You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Hot Creek is exactly what its name implies - full of boiling hot springs and fumaroles in a nice meandering stream. Well known for fly fishing challenge in the cool water sections but catch and release only. Well off the Hwy.395 down a few miles...More

1  Thank JohnandSandy
Reviewed 2 August 2012

You can make the hike as long or as short as you'd like. You are unable to get very close to the actual pools, but you can see parts of the creek that are actually bubbling. There were plenty of folks there fly fishing.

Thank Diana F
Reviewed 27 July 2012

The river is heavily fished (catch & release) and pretty. The pools at the Hot Creek Geological Area are a nice blue, but you can't get near them. Sure they are dangerous but Yellowstone allows closer views.

Thank CanonMinolta
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Popular with fly fisherman yet not many people make it out here. No gondolas or glitz here - just a beautiful meandering stream with a plus for anyone interested in geology. Hot Creek features a volcanic hot springs that would sear the flesh from your...More

Thank mccolleen
Reviewed 12 July 2012

Honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. No real care is being taken by the Forest Service who manages the site. Be careful of the broken fences that jut out into the walkway. Must see!

Thank wildweedwandering
Reviewed 12 June 2012

Hot Creek provides lots of opportunities to walk and take pictures. They no longer let you actually get in the creek.

1  Thank Joannkaydavis
Reviewed 9 May 2012

The area is beautiful and quite interesting, but it takes a long time to travel out on the gravel roads and almost all accessible water is roped off. You have to either jump the fence or just imagine what hot and cold water feels like....More

Thank JayApple
Reviewed 9 May 2012

OK, so 14 people (and counting) have been scalded to death and it stinks of sulfur...they still had to fence it off to keep people out it (sigh). Worth a look...head down the "Mammoth Lakes Airport" off SR 395 road to visit.

Thank Lodestone123
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Learned a great deal about hatching fish and the employees were great.

Thank Shari D
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Kind of scary! This is up close and personal. You get to see (and smell) what goes on under your feet every day, in our earth. Kids should definetly see this.

1  Thank Charles K
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14 May 2017|
Response from clearfield2016 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely not. Its up a dirty road, the area is primitive. You need everything, water food, sunscreen, towels.
Jacobus M
19 July 2016|
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Response from MRO_13 | Reviewed this property |
You cannot go into the water. The water temperature can get very hot! Upon doing some research, I read that the water temperature can reach up to 200 degrees. There is no fee to see the hot springs.
1 January 2015|
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Response from Deanna J | Reviewed this property |
From Hwy 395, take the Hot Creek Hatchery Road that is just west of the Mammoth Airport. After about 1 mile, turn right at the brown sign directing you to the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery and Geological Site. You will drive about... More