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Deep Creek Hot Springs, Warm Springs
         via the Pacific Crest 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: 12 Mi
Season: Year-round
Type: Out & Back

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on 06/08/2000
Driving Directions
Take Main St. in Hesperia east. Continue on the same road as it heads to the south and becomes Lake Arrowhead Rd. Remain on Lake Arrowhead Rd. until it dead-ends at Hwy 173. From here, make a left towards Lake Arrowhead. Continue about 1 mile until the road turns into dirt. Park somewhere near here. Note: an National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park here. There is a PCT sign and trailhead right here. Note that going this way requires that you cross Deep Creek to reach the dam and this can be difficult, or at least get you wet, if there is a lot of water. There is a beaver dam that may aid in crossing.

An alternate place to park to avoid crossing Deep Creek is near the dam on Lake Arrowhead Rd. From there, walk across the dam to the Pacific Crest Trail and pick up on the hike which now has about 4 miles to go until you reach Deep Creek Hot Springs.
Get on the Pacific Crest Trail heading towards the dam. Follow the trail for about 2 miles to the top of the dam and continue on the trail for about another 2 miles where you will cross a bridge. Continue on the trail or the shortcuts for about 2 more miles where you will start to descend into the canyon and nearing Deep Creek Hot Springs. Check out Deep Creek Hot Springs then hop back on the Pacific Crest Trail and continue on in the same direction. You will shortly round a bend. Continue on until the next major bend where a closed 4x4 road nears the creek on the opposite side. The Warm Springs are near here.
This was a pretty long way to go in, but deep creek is always cool. If you want to see naked women (of all shapes, sizes, and ages) go on the weekends. On the way out, it was getting pretty dark and no moon, so we didn't really want to get back into the jungle of brush near the Mojave River on PCT, so we walked across the dam and almost all the way across we cut down the rocks of the dam and walked through the Mojave River (which was dry) and hopped back up onto the PCT, it was a great shortcut. On our way in though, near where we crossed at the beaver dam on Deep Creek, I fell off this ~5 ft bank that I didn't know was a bank, messed up my shoulder and my backpack landed on my head and pushed my face into the dirt, it hurt, but it was really funny, I couldn't stop laughing. (2 T.)
Trail Condition
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail is for the most part in good condition. There are some narrow/slippery areas, however, but they are very small. I have personally observed a rockfall along this section of the PCT as the mountain that the trail is carved into has very steep, easily eroded slopes. It has been especially bad since the Willow Fire. Although, growth since then may have helped to subside the erosion problem.
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