This is a great, 3.25-mile hike to hot springs near the Colorado River. The route runs down a deep, narrow, geologically interesting canyon for 2.75 miles to the Colorado River, turns to run downstream for 0.5 miles to the next major canyon, and ascends that canyon for about 5 minutes to a 20-ft waterfall and a ladder. Climbing the ladder brings hikers to the hot springs. Visitors use sandbags to dam the canyon, creating hot-pools in the deep, narrow canyon. This is a place to sit, relax, and meet interesting people. This hot spring sometimes is called Ringbolt Hot Springs, a reference to Ringbolt Rapids that lie just upstream from Hot Spring Canyon.
Return to the trailhead by retracing your footprints in the dust or by continuing up Hot Spring Canyon on a mostly easy route with three scramble-ups, one of which requires 30-40 feet of 4th-class climbing to bypass a pour-over. The pour-overs can by entirely bypassed on the steeper Mountains Route, which branches out of Hot Spring Canyon before the pour-overs.
**We will b continuing past the hot springs and climbing up the pour overs. I have found out (the hard way) that going back the way we came is much harder because youre at a constant uphill climb on sand its a pain in the a**!!! LOL. Because of this I would suggest strong climbers and people that are not afraid of heights or adventure! Sturdy hiking boots are a MUST. NO DOGS. VERY STRONG CHILDREN ONLY!! Pack a lunch, we'll take a break at the colorado river before heading to the Hot Springs. Bring bathing suit ( theres a very small outhouse to change in by the river)
Bring PLENTY of water!
Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a fairly safe hike. There are places to trip and hurt yourself in White Rock Canyon, and the trail along the river is sometimes narrow, but there is nothing out of the ordinary. Be extra careful on the metal ladder, and be careful walking on slick rocks after you've picked up wet sand on the bottom of your shoes. Be sure to keep your nose dry in the hot pools. Air temperatures can be high at these low elevations, so carry enough water to make it back to the trailhead.
While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, rescues from narrow canyons can be difficult, so be sure to just bring what you need.
This is a SLOWPOKE hike! I do not hike fast and take many breaks so if this is a problem for you this is not a hike for you. I like to enjoy mu surroundings, take pictures, etc.....
We will meet at The Fiesta in Henderson at 8am SHARP underneath the big fiesta sign to arrange carpools. Please be courteous and tip your diver for gas. We will be leaving promptly at 8:15!
Always have your leaders phone number with you. You can reach me at[masked] (Kelly)