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“Who remembers the good old days at Hot Creek?”
Review of Hot Creek

Hot Creek
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Owner description: You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We started going to Hot Creek, near Mammoth Lakes over 40 years ago. At that time we parked a VW camper at the top of the canyon and stayed there for several days. We walked down to the creek and stayed in the water, in and out all day long and night time too. There was nothing there, you had to take everything with you and you could use the two pit toilets in the parking area.
Along came Sunset Magazine revealing this hidden gem and all hell broke loose. Drunken people came, leaving empty gallon bottle from wine all over the place and it became a pig sty.
Then the forest service began a crackdown, not allowing camping on the rim. The nearest campground is at Convict Lake. Look it up on the internet if you want to camp or RV at the place.
Today Hot Creek is full of redwood catwalks and signs, passing over the creek and the hot pools. The water can be scalding and you can easily be hurt or burned going in to it. You can still go into the creek but have to pick your spot carefully and avoid alcohol consumption for your own safety. Its beautiful scenery there is no other place around in California like it. again, you must take everything with you if you are going to spend the day there. There are no stores or places to get water. Its a high desert plateau, so prepare accordingly. Of course you can go there on a short visit just off highway 395, and then rush to Mammoth in time for the cocktail hour if that suits you. Enjoy nature.

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Must see when you are in mammoth lakes. Small, lovely vally with a creek and different smell Wells with warm
Water and 3 bigger ones. Very very nice.

1  Thank Kruitfreak
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

I have been going here since I was a kid and I love this geological gem. The blues are eye popping and it is so cool to see this volcanic/thermal activity. Caution, do not go in the water. The boils move around and you could get burnt.

Thank d h
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Stumbled onto this while driving up 395 and was blown away. It's hard to describe, but you descend into a small canyon in which a creek flows and once there you discover numerous bubbling hot water vents, some very intense, others just barely bubbling, as steam escapes into the air. All the while, fish and snakes swim around in the creek as if the scalding water is no big deal. You got to see it to believe it.

2  Thank ProfessorOnHoliday
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Hot Creek is one of the premier catch-and-release wild trout streams in the West. Single, barbless hooks only. If you stay at Hot Creek Resort, dry fly fishing only but trout are plentiful.

A guide from nearby Mammoth Lakes or at the resort would be recommended on the first trip. Be aware of the hot springs at various places in Hot Creek. It is unnecessary to wade as Hot Creek is fairly narrow.

Thank mel1555
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