Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah
Fifth Water Hot Springs, also called Diamond Fork Hot Springs, is a popular attraction for locals and people from out of town. Fridays and Saturdays are especially busy. There are several different pools of varying temperatures, so people visit year-round. Several unofficial camping spots are available. One trip we saw a black bear on the trail, and on another trip no less than 20 [harmless] snakes slithered around the hot springs.
October 21, 2017
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August 27, 2009
Fifth Water Hot Springs are located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which splits off from Spanish Fork Canyon. Total drive time from Spanish Fork, Utah is about a half hour on paved roads. At the trailhead, there is lots of parking and a bathroom.
From the trailhead, follow the trail southeast along the east bank of Sixth Water Creek. Do not cross the foot bridge. After 1.0 mile, you will come to another foot bridge, which you should cross. This is the junction of Sixth Water Creek (from the left) and Fifth Water Creek (from the right). About a mile after the footbridge, the water will turn milky blue and start smelling like sulfur. You're getting close. But don't worry, the Fifth Water Hot Springs don't smell bad. At 1.2 miles from the footbridge, you'll see the lower hot springs on your right. Someone built a rock pool and diverted the hot water into it, so it's pretty deep. Another 20 yards upstream are two other hot springs. One is on the left side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall, and the other is on the right side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall.
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Jeremy, Tara, Savannah, Madilyn, Cooper, Ondylyn, Killian
We took the kids up to Fifth Water Springs during UEA break. It had been several years since our last trip, and we quickly discovered how popular the springs have become. Last time we were there, there were only a few other people. This time, the place was packed! The parking area was completely full, and people were parked along the road for a mile in both directions. Ondy and I dropped off Tara and the kids, and went and found a parking spot almost a mile up the road.
The kids were great hikers althogh every kids ended up tripping and face-planting at least once. Cooper slept for about half the hike up and half the hike down. At the hotsprings, we soaked for about an hour, packed shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone else. Then we hiked back to the car. We arrived at the trailhead just as it was getting dark. The hike to the cars was in the complete dark (and cold).
It was a fun trip!