Buckeye Hot Springs - Hot Springs in California

Two types of outdoor pools with different atmospheres, one on a hill with a great view and the other along a stream.

You can also enjoy a natural steam bath along the stream.

Hillside Pools

This wild hot spring is as famous as Travertine Hot Springs in Bridgeport.

ReferenceTravertine Hot Springs - Hot Springs in California

This hot spring produced the building materials for San Francisco City Hall. It is well worth seeing and is one of California's most famous wild hot springs. Tub next to the parking lot Access to Travertine Hot Springs was easy. ...

Buckeye Canyon 01

On the way to Buckeye Hot Springs, there was a historic site of an old sawmill.

There are two ways to get there from Route 395, with Twin Lakes Road extending from Bridgeport being easier to drive to.

Parking 01

Both are basically reachable by ordinary passenger cars, although the latter half is on unpaved mountain roads.

There was a large parking lot and no charge for use.

Canyon 02

Camping is not allowed around the hot springs, but Buckeye Campground is just a few minutes' drive away.

Open from late May through late September, this pristine campground charges $20.00 per night.

Upper Pool B 04

Due to concerns about environmental damage at the popular hot springs, measures were taken in 2022 to install a vault toilet and improve trails.

Upper Pool B 01

A notable feature of Buckeye Hot Springs is that there are two different types of pools not far apart.

I first found the Hillside (Upper) Pools.

Upper Pool B 03

There were two pools a short distance down from the parking lot.

One place was under a large tree and the other was on a slope.

Upper Pool B 02

These pools had a low volume of gushing water and allowed for a long, tepid soak.

On the other hand, I was somewhat concerned about the fine mud on the bottom.

Upper Pool A 02

The location was great and the sense of openness was outstanding, as if I was soaking in the sky.

Upper Pool A 01

Creekside Pools

Those who value fresh water quantity should not miss the Creekside (Lower) Pools.

Canyon 01

These are at the bottom of a V-shaped valley and require careful descent with non-slip shoes.

Source 01

Two sources were found halfway up the slope.

Source 02

The 140 degrees F boiling water, accompanied by a slight metallic smell, falls to the bottom of the valley, turning the ground surface reddish brown.

Don't fall in with it.
It's slippery with precipitates.
Water Temp 01

The process formed a huge travertine dome that was rounded and raised.

Source 03

There were three or four rock pools along the stream.

Lower Pool 03

In one of them, the hot water from earlier was poured in a cascade.

The waterway was brightly colored with algae.

Travertine Dome 02

Behind the waterfall was a small cave that people could enter, which was like a natural steam bath due to the humidity of the geothermal water.

Travertine Dome 01

This one had an abundance of water and the pool was kept clean.

Lower Pool 01

The mixing of river water was moderate, making it a truly comfortable soaking experience.

Lower Pool 02


Buckeye Hot Springs, Bridgeport, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 140 degrees F

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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