Deep Creek Hot Springs, being located next to Deep Creek, provides both hot and cold water locations for clothing optional bathing. The site is managed by the San Bernardino National Forest and is maintained by a volunteer group, the Deep Creek Volunteers. Water from the creek or pools is not advised for consumption. The hot pools contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. Very high fecal coliform counts are found in the hot springs as well.
There are three main hiking routes to reach the Hot Springs.
Bowen Ranch / Freedom Trail - the shortest route at approximately two miles each way.
Bradford Ridge Path - 2.6 mile one-way trip from the south.
Pacific Crest Trail - the PCT goes through Deep Creek Hot Springs and can be reached from the Lake Arrowhead area, 6 miles each way.
Deep Creek Hot Springs in 2019
The Deep Creek Hot Springs regulations include:
Closed to the public from sundown to sunrise.
No camping is permitted within 1-mile (1.6 km) of Deep Creek or on Federal Land within 1-mile (1.6 km) of a developed campground.
Public nudity is common and permitted at the hot springs, but not permitted within 1/4 mile of 'T-6 crossing', located 6 miles upstream near Splinter's Cabin.