A waterway crosses the highway downstream of the historic spa resort.
The slightly warm water flows from the source on private property.
Fales Hot Springs
A 13-minute drive northwest of Bridgeport, famous for its wild hot springs such as Buckeye Hot Springs.
ReferenceBuckeye 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 ...
Steam will be visible along Route 395 during the colder months.
This is due to the warm water that flows out of the closed spa resort and flows down the creek.
Fales Hot Springs, founded in 1877 as a hot springs resort, is located next to a stagecoach stop, and the owner, Samuel Fales, was said to have been famous for tall tales.
It was closed in 1852 due to a butane gas explosion.
In 1854, it moved a little north and reopened for business, but then it also went out of business.
Although some of the original buildings remain, they are used as private residences.
It appears that until a few years ago one could approach the former bathhouse, but access is now severely restricted.
Please refrain from trespassing.
Artificial Stream Channel
The stream crosses south of the private residence, passes under the highway, and is downstream of the hot springs.
The source seemed to be gushing 180 degrees F hot water, but the water temp had dropped considerably after mixing with the creek water.
In winter, the actual water temp was 70 degrees F.
In summer, the temperature is about 90 degrees F.
The distance from the source made it seem susceptible to temperatures.
The thigh-deep creek was barely warm.
The noise and glances from cars passing by on the highway bothered me, and it was not a pleasant soaking experience.