Hike to Remington Hot Springs

0.4 miles 187 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Derek Mathewson

Take a short hike to a series of geothermal heated springs! The hot springs sit along the Kern River for a relaxing, scenic view.

...One thing about hot springs is that no matter where it may be, they always bring an attraction of people. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever been to a hot spring that didn't gather more then 20+ people in a single sitting. I mean, in all seriousness aside, what's not to like about a bathtub in nature!

Getting there: Coming from Lake Isabella, take the Borel Road exit (just off the 178) and go 0.3 miles before you make a right on Kern River Canyon Road. Drive 3.4 miles and turn right into the Remington Hot Springs dirt parking lot. Parking is free, and they also allow overnight parking, which is convenient for travelers like myself. Camping is also free! If you do decide to camp, make sure you camp in the designated spots. If you can find a spot at "The Beach", which is along the river, that in my opinion is the best spot! Me and some friends stayed there for a few nights with limited foot traffic and easy, quick access to the river and hot springs.

The hike to the Remington Hot Springs is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail. It's accessible pretty much year around, except during high water in the river due to the release of water from the nearby Dam. So if you plan on attending the hot springs, make sure to monitor the water levels ahead of time. Dogs are also allowed, just be sure to keep them on a leash and to pick up after them. Although the hike is 0.2 miles from the parking lot, some spots on the trail can get a little steep, so make sure to have proper footwear. Once you make it down to the pools, enjoy the natural minerals that are released from the hot springs for that soothing, relaxing feeling! The 3 cement tubs are in a primitive, riverside setting of rocks and trees, so it sets for a nice scenery. If the 3 main tubs are full, there's also another small lukewarm hot spring about 20 feet away along the river. Whichever one you decide to relax in, soak it up and enjoy! If you're lucky enough like I was, maybe you'll meet a bunch of other likeminded, nude outdoor enthusiasts...lol. Clothesless people seem to go hand in hand when it comes to hot springs, so with that said, clothing is optional! Once you're done, head back the same way you came.

NOTE: This place tends to get a good amount of traffic flow, so I ask that you PLEASE pick up after yourself. Don't be an armchair activist and not pick it up just because it's not yours...just pick up the trash and feel good doing it!

As always...leave no trace, never stop exploring and happy trails! 

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Not what you expect

The water had a terrible smell of sewer. Every where you walked it stench. Did not end up getting in because of the smell. It was very very crowded.

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