I bet you forgot about having to go back 2.5 miles after your amazing soak, huh? Most people do. The people who tackle this trail regularly know that you need to save almost ALL of your water for your trek back in the desert heat after enjoying your time in the warm water. I’m telling you now… if you go, please save A LOT of water for your way back. Unlike your gentle trip down, the entire way back from the hot springs is up hill. It’s 2.5 miles up. Most of the trail is on a slight incline; however the beginning and end of the trail are very dramatic climbs. If you are out of shape, you will not be able to easily make this trail back. So please be advised: have a lot of water and pace yourself or you will have a hard trip back. (The owners of the land were telling me that they are in danger of being shut down due to people needing to be rescued regularly.)
Perhaps soon, I will tell you all how our friend almost died going on this trip with us. We had a real adventure on this trail. Stay tuned for that story.
But, if you’re used to hiking on rough terrain, I highly recommend this beautiful place.