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“Overly protective government”
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 10 October 2013

At some recent time, the forest service employees have added fencing to keep people 100 feet away from the hot springs and the stream near the springs. That is ridiculous. At Yellowstone, you walk on boardwalks right next to the hot springs. In Iceland, trails lead by boiling springs. They have ruined the experience for everyone because one person in 10,000 might burn his foot or something.
The trail along the stream is nice.

4  Thank XenophonAnabasis
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Not highly publicized and no signage on Hwy 395. It's off the beaten path (gravel road most of the way), yet this was a pleasant treat for my family. The hot springs are beautiful. You could see the water bubbling to the surface and steam rising from vents along the side of the trail. Lots of people fly fishing. The paved trail down to the bottom of the gorge makes access easy. The trail along the creek is worth the walk. Kids thoroughly enjoyed the hike, seeing the steam from the vents within arms length of the trail. Great opportunity for photography too. Only real problem is the broken down fences on the far side of the canyon behind the springs which will interfere with your pictures. I planned on staying there only a few minutes so the kids could have a look. Instead we were there well over an hour.

1  Thank rogerm001
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

High desert, fly fishing, water was low, weeds were challenging, add wind... smart fish too... always a challenge but what a joy to pull a colorful natural trout from the icy waters. No, you don't fish down where the thermal pools bubble

Thank dimond-bodie
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Visiting the Hot Creek Geologic Site is like sitting atop a ticking time bomb. I wanted to get closer to the bubbling blue hot springs and steaming fumaroles, but obeyed the warning signs and respected the area's deadly history.

Since the 1960s, 14 people have been killed or seriously scalded here by pulses of super-heated groundwater. In the summer of 2006, renewed geologic activity and intensified geothermal conditions resulted in the closure of the site to bathing.

Usually, the duration of the human lifespan is out-of-sync with geologic time. At Hot Creek; however, the magma beneath the 760,000 year old Long Valley Caldera continues to shake, rattle, and boil our world.

This rare opportunity to observe the earth at work garners 3 stars.

5  Thank NVJoe
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

What a great mix of views: bubbling hot springs, creek, gorgeous views down the canyon, wildlife. Of course, if you are fly fishing, it is one of the top spots in the country (catch and release only, barbless hooks, SMART FISH).

Thank Wendy-and-Andrea
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