Hot Creek Interpretive Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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0.6 km
Elevation
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24 m
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The Hot Creek Interpretive Trail is a short route that is appropriate for all skill levels, and families with young children. The trail brings you along Hot Creek - a geothermally heated waterway surrounded by the imposing mountains of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Hot Creek Interpretive Trail possesses a number of educational plaques to help inform visitors on the natural history of the area.

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Route Description for Hot Creek Interpretive Trail

During weekends and holidays, the Hot Creek Interpretive Trail can get rather crowded. Therefore, if you are planning on visiting the route during these time periods, we recommend doing so earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the midday crowds.

The Hot Creek Interpretive Trail is a great route simply because of how accessible and family-friendly it is. Short in distance, and with almost no elevation incline, the route is extremely inviting to whoever may want to do it. In addition to its accessibility, the Hot Creek Interpretive Trail is informative, as the many educational plaques found throughout it will help teach you about the geological history of the region.

The Hot Creek Interpretive Trail itself is incredibly straightforward. From the trailhead, simply follow the pathway north towards the creek. Once you have reached the pathway that runs adjacent to the creek, follow it south for as long as you would like before turning around and backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

Insider Hints for Hot Creek Interpretive Trail

  • Enjoy fly fishing? Hot Creek is known as a great place for it!
  • If you're having trouble finding parking on a busy day, two more lots can be found just south, along Hot Creek Hatchery Road.
  • Hungry after your hike? Check out John’s Pizza Works for some great food!

Getting to the Hot Creek Interpretive Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for the Hot Creek Interpretive Trail is located at a parking lot off of Hot Creek Hatchery Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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