JOIN A GROUP OF WILDCATS for an exciting weekend of rest, relaxation and adventure at lilttle known Mercey Hot Springs Resort tucked away in the Panoche Hills of Western Fresno County. This is a rare opportunity for explorer/adventurer types to simply enjoy the remote quiet of the Panoche Hills, visit the nearby ruins of New Idria (a ghost mining town) and join organizer David N on a strenuous hike up San Benito Mountain (5241'), the highest peak in the Diablo Range! CLICK HERE TO VISIT MERCEY HOT SPRINGS SITE!
Photos from last year's event at Mercey Hot Springs Resort.
Photos from previous year's event at Mercey Hot Springs Resort.
Photos from previous year's hike at Tumey Hills.
Mercey Hot Springs is located in the northwest corner of Fresno County approximately 13 miles west of I-5 on Little Panoche Rd. (A.k.a. J1). Little Panoche Rd. was originally a stage coach route used by many of the early California pioneers in particular those people that were doing business with the nearby, New Idria (Quicksilver) mine. The Hot Springs was known about by native Indians and was shown to a man "John N. Merci" who acquired the land for the purpose of raising sheep. Merci, who had his name changed to "Mercy" to be more Americanized, sold the property in 1912 to Frederick Bourn, a San Francisco based real estate developer who is responsible for the construction of many of the buildings still existing today.
HOW TO ATTEND/SIGN-UP:
Join the waiting list and answer the RSVP questions which is a requirement to attend this event. Those who send payment will then be added to the yes list. You are officially signed up for this event when you have made the $80 payment to the organizer. You will need to be a regular and physically fit hiker to attend the Saturday hike, which is 12 to 15 miles but attending the hike is not required.
CAMPING: The organizer has booked enough space in the camping area for about 15 people but additional spots may be available. This event is designed for members who are available for both Friday and Saturday night camping and who want to the Saturday which is not a requirement.
FEE: $80 fee covers cost of two nights camping and full use of the pool, tubs, showers etc. If for whatever reason a member is only available to stay 1 night, the cost is still $80.
DAY 1: Friday. Arrive day or night to check in at Mercey Hot Springs. If arriving after 8pm, you must make special arrangements with Mercey Hot Springs Staff.
DAY 2: Saturday: Join organizer David N. on a strenuous 14 mile hike to climb San Benito, San Carlos and Idria Mountain. This will be a strenuous, ON-TRAIL hike with approximately 3500 feet of elevation gain suitable for conditioned hikers! Or spend the day relaxing at the Hot Springs & plan less strenuous hikes at nearby Panoche Hills.
Day 3: Sunday….return home. Check out time is 12 noon.
WHAT TO BRING:
If you are staying at the campground you will need everything necessary for overnight camping: tent, sleeping bag, food, drinking water etc. Additionally, there is no food (except for snacks) available on site so you must bring everything, same applies if you are staying in the cabins. Please visit Mercey Hot Springs Guidelines page for much more info: Mercey Hot Springs Guidelines Page.
SATURDAY HIKE DETAILS: This year's hike will be to climb the highest peak in the Diablo Range as well the San Benito County Highpoint of San Benito Mountain! This will be a 14 mile loop hike involving approximately 3500 feet of elevation gain. The route is on completely on fire roads. The route will be approximately what you see with this map link and include Idria and San Carlos Peaks as well.
Start Time: We leave the resort parking lot at 8 AM sharp.
Elevation Gain: Approximately 3500 ft.
Estimated completion time: 4 P.M.
Mercey Hot Springs Official Website.
WIKIPEDIA PAGE FOR MERCEY HOT SPRINGS.
Bureau of Land Management page for Panoche Hills.
YELP REVIEW WITH PHOTOS.
NEW IDRIA MINES PHOTOS.
DIRECTIONS TO MERCY HOT SPRINGS:
GOOGLE LINK TO MERCEY HOT SPRINGS.
FROM THE NORTH:
Go South on I-5 for a total of 24 miles past the I-5/HWY 152 Interchange, (DO NOT TAKE THE "MERCY SPRINGS ROAD" EXIT!). Go 8 miles (past the "Mercy Springs Road" exit) to the Little Panoche Road/Shields Ave/J1 exit. Go right (West) for 13 miles.
FROM THE SOUTH:
Go North on I-5 (past the "Panoche Road" exit) to the Little Panoche Road/Shields Ave/J1 exit. Go left (West) for 13 miles.
FROM THE WEST: (taking the freeway)
From U.S. 101, take highway 152 east to I-5 and go south for 24 miles to the Little Panoche Road/Shields Ave/J1 exit. (DO NOT TAKE THE “MERCY SPRINGS ROAD” EXIT!). Go right (West) for 13 miles.