Imagine this: nestled deep in the woods is a spa like hot springs with multiple soaking pools, wildflowers, and waterfalls. After one failed attempt to find the Fifth Water Hot Springs (also known as Diamond Fork) we were relieved to be soaking in these majestic pools… even though it was 80 degrees outside.
Okay, so we knew going into this hike that we should’ve waited for cooler fall temps and snow on the trail. But once I find somewhere I want to go and show my sister a million Instagram inspo photos, there’s no stopping me. Our first attempt to find the hot springs was a fail, but we did find this neat roadside park. Just a large outcropping of sandstone formations and even a mini arch!
The next day, we packed up again and headed the 40 minutes from SLC to Diamond Fork Canyon. From Salt Lake, drive south on I-15 and exit at Spanish Fork toward US-6 East. Dirve until you see Diamond Fork Road on your left (about 10-11 miles). Turn here and drive up the canyon until you reach the trailhead about 10 miles up on the right.
Here is where we made a mistake the first time: from the parking lot go through the gate and GO STRAIGHT. If you cross over a bridge towards Sheeps Creek YOU HAVE WENT THE WRONG WAY. The correct trail will have the stream on your right as you hike toward the hot springs. The views are beautiful!
After about 2.5 miles you will start to smell the hot springs. Don’t worry, you get used to the Sulphur smell very quick. We were lucky enough to have the hot springs all to ourselves. After reading many reviews of the hot springs before going, I was almost sure we would be sharing the hot springs with hordes of people. We were just lucky, but my advice would be to visit early on a weekday. After a quick toe dip in the various springs, we found two that were to our liking. The springs closest to the waterfall are the hottest and get cooler downstream.
Tip: bring an extra set of clothes and a towel. We changed into our bathing suits (yay for nobody else being around!) and soaked in the pools for a little over an hour. Bring plenty of extra water as the hot springs will dehydrate you – especially in the warmer months. We were completely out of water on our hike back because we were so hot and thirsty. Imagine soaking in a hot tub and then walking for 2.5 miles in the heat. We both felt sick when we got back to the car, no doubt from a lack of hydration. Bring more water than you think you need and then leave some in the car for your return!
All in all, this place is magical and I can only imagine how great it would be to snowshoe here in the winter! Where are your favorite hot springs?