We were thankful the sun came out for part of our swim. We did have to realign some of the rocks to allow the cooler river into the "pool" as it was too warm for our children at first.
It is fun to walk along the river and hear and smell the sulfur as you gain elevation and get closer to the hot springs.
This is the view looking down into the hot springs - beautiful with the waterfall; however we learned that if you continue up on the trail for another 1/4 mile, there are deeper, less visited pools!
As you can tell, kids don't care where you soak, as long as they get wet. This pool was about 2.5' deep and kept us quite warm despite the cold wind.
The trail down is always faster than up and that makes for easy going. In the spring, without leaves, the hike is mostly in the sun, but imagine the shade you'd have in the summer and the glorious colored leaves in the fall.
Towards the end of the hike (or the beginning) there is a large bridge to cross and watch the river.
Getting closer to the parking lot makes for fast hikers.
And hiking with best cousins is always a great way to spend the day!
- Disclaimer: it is getting rather popular, so be sure to hike in the early morning or better yet during the week
- Restrooms are at the parking lot, but not at the hot springs
- Remember to test the water before having children climb in as some areas could burn delicate skin - it is an easy remedy to cool the temperature down - move rocks to allow the passing river water into the "pool" where you are
- Beware nudists could be present
- Total hiking time is about 4 hours
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Head East on Hwy 6 from Spanish Fork for about 11 miles to the Diamond Fork turnoff sign
- Follow the Diamond Fork road about 10 miles to the signed trailhead
- From the parking lot, follow the obvious trail east into the canyon - do NOT cross the first little bridge on your right! Head straight on the trial
- About 1 mile in to the hike, the stream and trail fork. Cross that bridge and take the trail on the right