Crab Cooker Hot Springs - Hot Springs in California


Skiing and snowboarding in the mountains in winter and hot springs in cold weather are highly compatible and seem to be mutually attractive.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which stretches east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a winter sports mecca also known as a training ground for Olympic athletes.

Homes with a View, Mammoth Lakes, CA 5-16-17

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It is one of the longest skiing destinations in North America, and the slopes are usually open from January to June.

While boiling crabs


A 30-minute drive from the ski resort takes you to the mortar-shaped terrain of the Long Valley Caldera.

The plains are dotted with at least seven wild baths, including Wild Willy's.

Reference:Wild Willy's (Crowley) Hot Springs - Hot Springs in California

This is by far the largest of natural hot springs in Long Valley Caldera. A boardwalk on the muddy plain leads soakers to the hot springs. You can enter anytime Numerous hot springs that exist inside the Long Valley Caldera, ...


Club Cooker seemed to me to stand out from the rest in terms of  the quality of water.

Water in the pool, which was made of rocks and cement, was yellowish and opaque.

Yellowish Water

When I twisted a valve around the bottom of the pool and threw in extremely hot water, it turned out that the opaque looking was caused by the characteristic spring quality.

There was a pronounced smell of burnt volcanic material.


The source of the spring was exposed on the ground about 30 feet away.

The water temp was nearly 158 degrees F; and as the name "Crab Cooker" suggests, you could almost boil a blue crab while soaking.

Water in the tub immediately became hot once I made it free-flowing.

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

As I went around the outdoor baths scattered throughout the Long Valley Caldera, I noticed something.

It was that many visitors were younger and casual, and did not look like severe hot spring enthusiasts.

Soaking 01

In fact, soaking in these hot springs near ski resorts are known as hot-tubbing, a leisure activity.

There, unwritten rules have been formed, such as closing optional, and waiting in the distance if there is a guest ahead of you.

It's one person after another.
It's a popular spot, so you can't blame it.


Crab Cooker Hot Springs, Mammoth Lakes, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chlorination: No

Water temp: Up to 167 degrees F

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