Hike to 5th Water Hot Springs

Fifth Water Waterfalls and Hot Springs

When/Where: We'll meet up behind the Olive Garden at Fashion Place Mall at 10:00 am, leaving right at 10:15 am. I'll post final details tomorrow.

Length: 4.5 miles out and back

Difficulty: Easy

What to bring:  Swimsuit, towel, hiking shoes, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, beverage of choice.


Description: Three scenic waterfalls and some very nice hot springs are located along Fifth Water Creek, which is a tributary to the Diamond Fork River, east of Spanish Fork. You can reach the springs and waterfalls from the Three Forks Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon, or from the Rays Valley Trailhead (located on the Rays Valley Road north of Hwy 6).


The hot springs are very popular and draw crowds on weekends during warm weather. Several soaking pools are available. The water is clear and you can vary its temperature by positioning yourself at different points in the pools, and by regulating the water flows into the pools. 

The lower waterfall comes right down next to the main soaking pool. The second (counting up from the bottom) is a photogenic multi-tiered waterfall that is worth searching out. A third waterfall exists further up the stream.

During winter, snow is usually well packed and you can usually hike to the hot pools without snowshoes. You will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to reach the trailhead.


Three Forks Trailhead

To get to the trailhead, drive Hwy 6 east from Spanish Fork for about 11 miles to the signed Diamond Fork turnoff. Follow the Diamond Fork road about 10 miles to the signed trailhead. From the trailhead, cross the small Diamond Fork River and then follow the obvious trail east into the canyon. The trail is wide and well-maintained. It follows along the north side of Sixth Water Creek.


Bridge and Fork

The stream and trail fork about a mile above the trailhead. Cross Sixth Water on the bridge and then take the trail on the right, which follows the much smaller Fifth Water Creek. Again, you'll be on the north side of the creek and will be hiking east.


Main Waterfall

The main pools are right below the first waterfall, which you can't miss as you hike the trail. You'll start to smell sulfur as you approach the area. The hot water does contain sulfur, but otherwise is clear and pleasant.


Second Waterfall

A second, higher waterfall is located just a short way above the first. This one is the most photogenic.There are two very nice soaking pools along the stream between the first and second waterfall.



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  • Kelly O.

    I want to go but I don't have transportation ! :(

    June 13

    • Josh

      Do you have a way to get to the carpool location at Fashion Place?

      June 22

    • Kelly O.

      No Josh sorry I didn't and that I didn't get back to u on here !

      July 3

  • Lex

    Had such a great time! Such an amazing bunch of people-

    3 · July 1

  • Charles

    Awesome fun! Sorry to those that didn't make it. We really need to do a night hike here! Great friends I hope to see soon!

    2 · June 29

  • Eddo

    I am sore like a dinosaur!

    June 29

    • Ahmed A.

      Definitely beats what your original plans were though bro

      June 29

  • Rosa B.

    Thank you so much you guys for being your awesome selves and for making it fun. I had fun for being your host even though I kinda suck at it lol. Eddo and Charlie were the camera guys so they got the pics. Thank you so much again for being such a fun group.

    3 · June 29

    • Lydia

      You were great Rosa :-). And bc of you the trip didn't get cancelled. Thank you!

      1 · June 29

  • Archie G.

    the group made it even better, everyone was great, thanks for such a good time every one

    4 · June 29

  • Amanda

    Had a great time with everyone! I loved the hot springs.

    2 · June 29

  • Lydia

    Fun day with a super great group of people!! :-) The hot springs are beautiful and a fun hike :-)

    June 29

  • Rosa B.

    We had a blast and everyone had such good humor and outgoing which made it extra fun. We want to hike it again but in the night time:)

    4 · June 29

  • Archie G.

    great hike easy and fun

    June 29

  • Tiffany

    Dammit I slept in

    June 29

  • Isabel

    No worries...headed your way

    June 29

  • 👉David👈

    Is anyone coming from up North (Layton area) and would like to carpool?

    June 24

    • Brett

      i was trying to get lex or david to respond to me. But yes i would like to car pool once i get there as well.

      June 29

    • Lex

      Sorry Brett! I just saw this, I left already and now getting some cafe- I am riding with someone once we get up at the meeting place as well-

      June 29

  • 👉David👈

    Sorry group, I had to change my RSVP, ran the Spartan Beast yesterday and am currently in recovery mode. Have a blast, be safe and hopefully I'm able to catch the next meet-up.

    June 29

  • Rosa B.

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    June 29

  • Rosa B.

    Please call me if you think you will be a few minutes late so we won't leave without you. I would hate for that to happen. I will see you guys soon:)

    June 29

  • Rosa B.

    I will drive. Get car sick if I don't. So I can take 4 people.

    1 · June 28

    • Court

      Rosa, I've been sick tonight and won't be going...but thank you so much! Hopefully we can make another hike to this in the future

      June 29

    • Rosa B.

      Sorry you're not feeling well but I'm sure josh will plan another one. Feel better.

      June 29

  • Rosa B.

    I have been there a few times so I know where it is.

    June 28

    • Josh

      That's great! Would you be okay with taking the group then? I really appreciate your help. This rarely happens where I have to bail on my own hike. Would be sad to ruin it for everyone.

      June 28

    • Rosa B.

      Yes I can do it. Thanks

      June 28

  • Lydia

    In response to Josh's recent email- I would not be able to lead the hike, but evening hike would work out if need be

    June 28

  • Lydia

    Ps- if I do go, I would like to carpool after arriving at fashion place. I am good for gas money ;)

    June 28

  • Lydia

    Hi Josh, as of now my back is a little upset with me after some crazy biking yesterday. I still want to make this but I will change my RSVP ASAP if I feel I won't be able to.

    June 28

  • Jade

    I take it back.. We'll be staying over boating tomorrow. I'll give our spots to someone else. Have fun friends!

    June 27

  • Jade

    So excited to go! Josh, I guess I didn't +1 Jeff. Is he ok to come?

    1 · June 27

  • Erika C.

    Hey Josh--in reply to your email, I RSVP'd yes but I may have to bow out. Will definitely officially change my RSVP once I know for sure--apologies if this causes any inconvenience...

    1 · June 27

  • Lien N.

    I'm from Vietnam and happen to be here in short term for biz. In waitlist but I also can join you guys right? I don't have a car but i can get to the meeting point and then can anyone please carpool me?

    June 26

  • Andrea

    Since this is open to everyone, does that mean it's okay for me to join even though I'm not on the list of attendees? Thanks!

    June 24

  • Matt

    Same. Is there a wait list?

    June 24

  • Isabel

    Is there room for 1 more??

    June 23

  • Chi C.

    Is there a wait list that I can be on?

    June 23

  • Holly

    Sorry Ackhmed & Holly I didn't see this string until now. I checked late last night and assumed no one was interested and since I technically still on the "wait list" only I just didn't go. Hope I didn't cause you any inconvenience.

    June 22

  • Tiffany

    Since this event is "full"does it really mean no one else can come?

    June 22

    • Josh

      I opened it up to everyone and closed to new RSVPs. See you there! :)

      1 · June 22

  • Holly

    What time do you plan on getting at the trailhead? I am coming from Heber, so easier for me to go down Provo Canyon.

    June 13

    • Josh

      Should be at the trailhead about 11:15.

      June 22

  • Holly

    I live in American Fork and will meet you at the trail head. Let me know if anyone wants a ride. I happy to meet you in American fork and take you up Spanish Fork Canyon to conserve gas. Right now I'm on the wait list, but since I've been there before I will be there and I promise to bring yummy things to share!! Holly happy to meet you at the mouth of Provo canyon and drive the rest of the way.

    June 21

    • Holly

      Hi Holly,

      June 22

    • Holly

      I will email you so we can carpool

      June 22

  • Samantha

    Well this would be a blast! Is anyone riding together! Or is everyone just meeting up there?

    June 13

    • Barb

      Meeting at Olive Garden at fashion Place Mall and carpooling up

      June 13

    • Barb

      Click on the info icon for info on time, place, n what to bring

      June 13

  • Erika C.

    this looks great-I'd love to come if I don't have to work (arts festival weekend!) May I bring my dogs?

    June 12

    • Josh

      I'm totally fine with dogs. Does anyone know if they're allowed up there though?

      June 12

    • Lex

      Leashed dogs are permitted

      June 12

  • Wia W.

    I don't drive, but I would like to try this out... when we meet at Olive Garden, do we carpool? And about how much time do I need to set aside for this hike? It looks like a lot of fun!

    June 11

    • Josh

      Yes we will carpool from Olive Garden. The hike itself is not very long. Between the drive time and hanging out, I would set aside at least 4-5 hours.

      June 12

  • David

    Date changed to day after Wasatch Back Ragnar. Awesome soak for sore muscles. :)

    1 · June 12

  • Aaron M.

    I'm good with changing dates. I forgot itwas fathers day too.

    1 · June 11

  • Josh

    I'm considering moving this hike to a different date... I totally forgot it was Fathers Day. :/ If you're all set on going regardless, I could leave the event in place and someone else could lead it? Let me know what you guys think. Sorry, I'm usually better about checking all calendars.

    1 · June 11

  • Barb

    I would so love to go. Already committed to spending Fathers Day with my dad.

    June 11

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