S6 E2 Fifth Water Hot Springs Utah In Winter 2018
This trip report summarizes two winter day hikes to Fifth Water Hot Springs from February and December 2018. Also known as Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Fifth Water is a classic Wasatch hike to a fantastic natural hot spring featuring deep soaking pools, majestic waterfalls, and fantastic mountain scenery. For most of the year the hike is an easy 4.6-miles round trip. During the winter the hike may be up to 13.2 miles round trip due to seasonal road closures. When the road is open to the trailhead this hike is suitable for most healthy adults and children. Travel in the winter may require specialized equipment and is only recommended for experienced winter hikers.
The hike to Fifth Water Hot Springs begins at the Three Forks Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon (40.084503,-111.355119). To reach the trailhead from I-15 in Spanish Fork, Utah:
Drive 10.9 miles east on Highway 6.
Turn left onto Forest Road 29 with signs for Diamond Fork.
Continue 9.8 miles to the signed Three Forks Trailhead parking area.
NOTE: The road to the trailhead is paved but is rarely plowed in the winter so 4WD may be required after storms. The final 3.8 miles to the trailhead is often gated shut during the winter months. There is a parking area near the winter gate at 40.076415,-111.418188. You may hike, snowshoe, cross country ski, or snowmobile the remaining distance down the road to get to the Three Forks Trailhead. This adds a considerable distance to the hike so be sure to allow enough time for a safe return.
From the Three Forks Trailhead, begin hiking on the trail that starts at the south end of the parking area. You will quickly encounter a junction with a trail that crosses the river on a footbridge. Continue hiking straight on the east side of the river.
For the first mile or so, the trail follows along Sixth Water Creek. The river is often strong and swift with steep drops near the trail, so be careful with little ones. After 1.1 miles, the trail crosses Sixth Water Creek and begins climbing up a side canyon that contains Fifth Water Creek and the hot springs.
The creek in Fifth Water is much smaller than Sixth Water. You’ll likely smell the sulfur and see steam rising from the water well before arriving at the hot springs. The distance from the Sixth Water Bridge to the hot springs is approximately 1.2 miles.
Once at the hot springs, those wishing to go for a soak can take their pick of at least a dozen or so possible soaking pots. Most of these pots are man-made with stacked rocks and mortar. The hottest springs are located near the waterfall at the top of the soaking pots. At least two more pots are located upstream from the waterfall, however they may be too hot to soak in. The water at the source of the hot spring near the upper pools is approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The hot springs receive considerable traffic and litter has become quite a problem. Be sure to pack in a trash bag for your own trash and pickup anything you find while you are there. Don’t bring glass containers near the springs.
Rules and Regulations:
Pack out all trash.
Nudity is prohibited.
Avalanche danger may exist anytime when hiking in snowy conditions. Check with the Utah Avalanche Center for more information and current conditions.
Hiking this trail trail in the winter may require snowshoes or traction devices due to deep snow and ice.
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GPS Coordinates for the trailhead to this hike are 40.0849, -111.3546
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Taken with a GoPro Hero 3+ at the Fifth Water Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah.
The GPS coordinates for the trail head are 40.0849, -111.3546
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5th water hot springs is one of the best hot springs in not only all of Utah but the united states. Luckily for me its a short 30 minute drive to the trailhead making this one of our favorite local hikes. The hike is 4.8 miles round trip (I measured it myself) and is a well defined trail with mild elevation gain. I would suggest that this hike is suitable for all level of hikers and all ages. When you start smelling the sulphur you are within 5-10 minutes of reaching the springs. Depending on the time of year you will find a variety of different springs to soak in. In springtime the river is higher making it so you can withstand the heat of the upper hot springs located above the main waterfall. However; in fall the river is low creating the best hot springs below the main waterfall. If you have any questions please feel free to comment down below & I will gladly help out. Thank you for watching our video & don't forget to subscribe for future videos !!!
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La Verkin is a city in Washington County, Utah.
The population of La Verkin is around 5000, and it’s in walking distance of Hurricane, and the two cities have historically had close ties.
Theories about the origin of the city's name suggest that it may be a corruption of the Spanish la virgen, after the nearby Virgin River,] or possibly an error in the transcription of the term beaver skin.
La Verkin contains the southernmost highway junction to Zion National Park, at the intersection of Utah SR-9.
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The city made national headlines in 2001 when the City Council passed an ordinance declaring La Verkin a United Nations-free zone.
La Verkin is the 'mouse that roared,' only to be crushed by the [Utah] state attorney general, the threatening communist ACLU group, the world government U.N., and the Utah media.
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On that night, specifically chosen for its patriotic symbolism, the Mayor and City Council met in special session to address what it saw as an urgent constitutional and international crisis.
They hoped to save the citizens of their town from a pernicious evil that the Congress, President, and Supreme Court of the United States seemed to ignore: the United Nations' designs to usurp the U.S.'s national sovereignty.
Kind of the opposite, where the state of California declaring itself a sanctuary state and as such proclaiming the state will not follow US Federal immigration laws.
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