Travertine Hot Springs, Ca
If you’re a nature lover and want a truly amazing off the beaten path affordable vacation. Look no further.
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Considering there is no fee to enjoy the hot springs and the camping is free on both sides of the approaching road. Where can you find another destination like this.
After you’ve bagged an Eastern Sierra peak, you deserve a little soaking to soothe your aching feet and tired muscles. Luckily, our great Mother Earth provides what you need.
Travertine Hot Springs sits only a few dirt miles from highway 395. Before you head out, grab some local brews from the general store in the quiet valley town of Bridgeport.
You can drive straight in to the first pools. Walk a short distance to take in majestic views of the jagged Sawtooth Ridge as you relax into thermal bliss.
There are pools of all temperatures, the hottest being right at the parking area. By hot, we mean do a toe dunk before stepping in; you could cook in that first one. Literally.
We used the spring as free fuel for our camping pot. Above the magma-heated ground, we heated water to a bubbling boil for two cups of hot tea.
If the first pools are all occupied, don’t fear. There are typically enough “tubs” to go around. Head out east through the slick maze of travertine rock and you will find four small, private pools in a grassy meadow.
The biggest perk of this front country spring is that that floor of the pools are mud; no concrete orderliness here.
We believe in the healing power of the springs, and direct contact with the earth is crucial to the magic it can work. Rub the earth over your skin and get grounded in the steady vibrations.
Because the land surrounding the thermal springs is Forest Service Land, you can legally camp for free in any of the pullouts along the back roads. It is primitive camping, with no facilities of any kind, so be prepared to be self-contained.
Arrive late afternoon, set up camp, and walk a half-mile for a sunset soak. Then, rise before daybreak to enjoy the empty pool of your choice before anyone has even turned over in bed. It’ll be all yours for those precious few hours.
Heading south from Bridgeport on Highway 395, make a left onto an unmarked paved road just before the Forest Service Office.
Follow straight road between a quarry work site for a very short distance till it reaches a dirt road that curves first right, then left up into the hills. Keep on this well graded dirt track up to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet in the parking lot for your convenience. Please be sure to be courteous to others and pack out all trash you brought in. The locals here are incredibly kind and friendly, and this can only continue through good stewardship on the part of all of us.
THE TOWN OF BRIDGEPORT, CA
Bridgeport is located on Hwy. 395 in the heart of the Eastern Sierra, north of Mammoth Lakes, and south of Lake Tahoe. Within an easy drive to Yosemite National Park, Bodie, and Mono Lake, Bridgeport has restaurants, hotels, campgrounds and services for all kinds of California adventure trips.
Trolling is always great in these lakes. Depending on the season you can always use Rapalas, Wolly bugger flies, Thomas Boyants or any bait resembling smaller trout or Kokanee Salmon.
Still Fishing from boat or shore using Power Bait, Worms or Mouse Tails is also very successful.
Please note the special reg’s from Robinson Creek, between the lakes, fishing is illegal from September 15ht through the following opener for spawning season of the Kokanee Salmon and the Brown Trout.
Great pictures can be taken at these locations, just leave your poles and gear in the vehicle.