Stewart Mineral Springs - California


What do you think is the common type of hot springs in Japan, but rarely seen in the U.S.?

It is alkaline hot water with a strong slippery feeling.

All-you-can-drink Crystal Geyser

The famous Crystal Geyser is a mineral water produced in the United States.

Of the two water sources, the water from the foothills of Mount Shasta in California is said to be particularly tasty.

Crystal Geyser 1

When I heard that the spring water was available for unlimited drinking in that area, I had no choice but to go.

The location was in Mount Shasta City Park.

Crystal Geyser 2

I had brought an empty bottle of Crystal Geyser with me, and when I packed the fresh water overflowing from the rocks, it was a veritable Crystal Geyser!

Slippery water

Deep in the mountains, a 20-minute drive from the Mount Shasta City Park, there is a spa that uses mineral springs water.


Passing through the massive gate, I saw a slope descending to a mountain stream on the right.

Bridge 2

I parked here due to icy road conditions, but parking is usually available adjacent to the facility.

Bridge 1

After crossing the stream on a bridge, a dark-colored building approached.


Overnight stays are available here, but walk-ins are also actively welcome.

The walk-in fee was $35.00 for adults (as of this writing).

Fireplace 2

This facility used to be clothing optional, but the rule for soaking was changed in 2017.

Now, swimsuits or rental sheets are required in common areas.

Corridor 2

After being shown to a waiting room with a fireplace, I was assigned one of the 13 private baths.

I was told that I was free to use that room assigned to me during the 75-minute time limit.


A one-person tub occupied half of the small one-person room.

With the door closed, of course, you are allowed to be naked.

The Tub 2

The water is from a cold mineral spring of 39 degrees F.

The boiled mineral water could be mixed in the tub.

The Tub 3

Touching the water, I was surprised at how slippery it was.

In my experience, for some reason, this is a type of mineral water that is common in Japan but rare in the United States.

The Tub 1

Upon entering, I was warned not to rub my skin in the tub.

The spring water is that stimulating.


In fact, I immediately felt a sense of dizziness, so I took the next step.

Stewart Mineral Springs recommends going back and forth between the tub and the mountain stream.

Fireplace 1

Near-death experience

I crossed in front of the fireplace to the terrace.

Terrace 1

Directly below, Parks Creek was flowing.

Terrace 2

It's already cold.

Are you sure you want to get soaked?
I already regret it.
Parks Creek 2

The riverbank was completely frozen.

Despite extreme caution, I slipped and fell into the water.

Parks Creek 3

This was already a near-death experience.

I escaped the icy water with my life and rolled my way to the sauna.

Parks Creek 1

At the far end of the hallway lined with private baths was a shared sauna.

Corridor 1

Warm...glad to be alive.

I repeated that kind of routine over and over again.


Stewart Mineral Springs, Weed, California, U.S.

My rating

Type: Walk-in, Lodging

Rule: Private pool, Coverage required

Chemical use: Not detected

Water temp: Cold mineral springs

Official website

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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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