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Hike to Hot Springs On A Snowy Day
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Ryan Commons
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Locale: Bay Area, California
Hike to Hot Springs On A Snowy Day on 04/02/2012 10:25:07 MDT Print View

I came across my new favorite hot spring last month and I shot a video of the 2 mile hike up a 1,300 foot snowy hill to the spring.

The trip is a bit of a challenge: my wife and I hiked through a storm starting at a highway pass, going over train tracks, through a forest, parallel to power lines, through another forest, and then into a winter oasis of warm pure spring water.

I've never seen as perfect of a setting for a hot spring. I've also never seen pools as well maintained.

Here is the entire video if you want to get a sense of the trip and get the planning details:

Spring by Ryan CommonsRosie Walking  by Ryan CommonsOn a Ridge  by Ryan CommonsSplash  by Ryan Commons

Edited by RyanCommons on 04/02/2012 10:26:42 MDT.

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(RogerDodger) - F

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v cool ! on 04/02/2012 10:44:00 MDT Print View

I got chills from that last photo jumping in a hot spring pool surrounded by snow.

That's so insane and awesome. Motivation :)

PS: You didnt post what happened AFTER you got out of the hot pool into the freezing temp. Did you bring a full size bathrobe or an UL 3" x 3" square terry cloth.

Ryan Commons
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Locale: Bay Area, California
Getting Out on 04/02/2012 11:45:53 MDT Print View


The 105 degree water gets the entire body so warm that all you need is a quick towel and you'll be warm all the way to the car. Getting there is the cold part.