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Deep Creek Hot Springs from BLM below Bowen Ranch
Deep Creek Hot Springs from Arrowhead Lake Road
Deep Creek Hot Springs via the Bradford Ridge Trail from Highway 173
Deep Creek Hot Springs, Warm Springs via the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 173
Desert side of the San Bernardino Mountains

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Deep Creek Hot Springs
         via the Bradford Ridge Trail from Highway 173
Location: San Bernardino Mountains, San Bernardino National Forest, Southern California
Region: North Face of San Bernardino Mtns, near Hesperia, CA
Wilderness: None
Total Distance: 5 Mi
Season: Year-round
Type: Out & Back

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on 06/09/2000
Driving Directions
From Hesperia, take Main St which turns into Lake Arrowhead Rd. to Highway 173. Make a left and travel 1 mile to the end of the paved road. Continue 5 more miles on the dirt portion of Highway 173 where you will reach a large clearing, a Narrow Bridge sign, and a narrow bridge over Kinley Creek. The creek is dry most of the year. Park somewhere near here. Note: a National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. The Bradford Rigde trailhead is on the north side of the bridge through the fence.

From the mountain communities surrounding Lake Arrowhead, this is the main way to get to Deep Creek Hot Springs. Perhaps this is the main way for most people who don't live in the desert. From Lake Arrowhead, travel northwest on Highway 173. About 4-5 miles beyond the outskirts of Lake Arrowhead, the highway will turn into a dirt road. Continue about 2 miles down the dirt road to the Kinley Creek bridge and Bradford Ridge Trail.
Take the Bradford Ridge Trail (marked by a home-made sign) approximately 2 miles down to a junction w/ the Pacific Crest Trail. Take the PCT to the right, down to hotsprings.
This is a hot miserable way to go to hotsprings in the summer. Well, every way is hot in the summer. The trail is pretty small, but the major drawback (besides that it was all burned by the Willow Fire) is that you drop down a long way near the end of the trail and it sucks coming out of there in the heat. Since there were no naked women, we just went down Deep Creek a little ways and cooled off for a while because it was a hot day. At Hwy 173, before we left and when we got back, we ran into this lunatic named NemoBJuggler. When we pull up, this guy pops out from under the bridge and just starts talking to us for like 30min or so, we couldn't get away from him. At this point he seemed alright, just a little whacked-out with a bottle of piskey in his hand. Then on our way out, he comes running out of the mountains behind us yelling at us, I don't know what he was saying but we just got the heck out of there. He had those crazy eyes.(0 T.)
Trail Condition
The Bradford Ridge Trail is small and poorly maintained but easy to travel on. Not a good trail for mountain biking because of all the overhanging brush.
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