Miracle Hot Springs Trail
The Miracle Hot Springs Trail is a unique adventure in the Sequoia National Park that offers a natural spa treatment. Wander the short trail to the hot baths that sit along the Kern River. Indulge yourself in a soak in the natural hot springs—and if you get too hot, cool off in the refreshing river below.
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Route Description for Miracle Hot Springs Trail
The Miracle Hot Springs Trail is a lovely adventure hidden in the Sequoia National Park. This epic adventure is well-revered, so come prepared to share the trail. Those seeking a more tranquil experience are encouraged to head out in the early morning to avoid the rush—though those hoping for a party will enjoy the afternoons. Recently the area has increased in popularity, and with that came an abundance of litter. Please pack out your garbage and do not bring any glass to the springs. Note the custom here is clothing optional.
Treat yourself to a relaxing soak along the Miracle Hot Springs Trail. Unlike most routes in the National Park, this trail is more about the destination rather than the journey. The hot springs are located just a few short steps away from the parking lot, enabling its accessibility to hikers of all skill levels and ages. Head out on a brisk day and warm up in one of the three natural pools. Note the first tub is the warmest; the source of the hot springs feeds this pool. No matter the basin you enjoy, those who get too hot can hop into the Kern River to cool off—just don’t forget to pack a towel to dry off!
Your journey along the Miracle Hot Springs Trail begins from the parking lot off Kern Canyon Road. Here you will also find the Hobo Campground, which is a great spot to camp, allowing you the opportunity to head out in the early morning to enjoy the springs before anyone else does! After parking, find the trailhead at the western end of the lot. Setting out from here, you will be guided northwest along the dirt path bound by mixed conifers on one side and the Kern River on the other. Boasting the perfect opportunity for birding, you will likely notice birds soaring above or decorating the tree branches.
Continue wandering, and you will ultimately reach the trail’s end at the Miracle Hot Springs. Hope off the route and set up shop along the rocky banks of Kern River. Sun yourself along the river and soak in the natural springs. Though not the original baths, these tubs were recently reconstructed with unique stonework. Admire the beauty of the encompassing landscape as you treat yourself to a spa day in the wilderness. When you are finished enjoying the springs, head back to the parking lot the way you came.
Miracle Hot Springs
The Miracle Hot Springs, previously known as the Hobo Hot Springs, is a collection of natural hot springs on the Kern River. The original baths have been removed and replaced with three tubs of unique stonework, though the baths remain primitive, maintaining the natural ambiance. Each pool typically measures at a different temperature—the first tub is where the source of the hot springs comes out and is usually about 106 °F. The second pool measures at about 103 °F, and the last at 100 °F. Next time you find yourself in the area, be sure to take a plunge in these warm pools. Note the custom is clothing optional.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost money to visit the Miracle Hot Springs?
No, the Miracle Hot Springs are free to visit.
When are the Miracle Hot Springs open?
The Miracle Hot Springs are open daily from 6AM-10PM.
Insider Hints for Miracle Hot Springs Trail
- Note the custom is clothing optional
- No glass is allowed here
- Don’t forget to bring a towel
- Note the rocks that surround the baths are slippery—mind your footing
- When seeking directions, use the Hobo Campground as your destination
- Head out early to beat the rush
- There is no cell reception here, download the trail GPS before heading out
Getting to the Miracle Hot Springs Trail Trailhead
The Miracle Hot Springs Trailhead and parking lot are located off Kern Canyon Road.
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