Wild Willy's Hot Spring, United States

Camp at Wild Willy's Hot Spring

Originally added by Greg Balkin

Take a soak in this hot spring with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra. The tubs are large enough to fit approximately 30 people. The hot springs are on public land, but please be thoughtful when camping -- choose established areas and pull-offs. Remember to pack out all of your trash!

Also known as "Crowley Hot Springs", Wild Willey's is located a short drive from Mammoth Lakes. For more information on the hot springs and the public land restoration, check out the BLM's Website. From Mammoth Lakes, head south on the 395 for 3.5 miles until you make a left at Benton Crossing Rd. Continue on Benton Crossing for 0.4 miles, which becomes Minnow Creek for 0.1 miles and then continues onto Benton Crossing for another 0.6 miles until you reach your destination.

Remember when visiting the hot springs to practice Leave No Trace principles and to bring cans instead of bottles for your beverages.

Key Points:

  • If camping, make sure you're on the BLM land, you can find our more information about maps here or contact the local office at (760) 872-5000
  • To get to the hot springs from The Green Church off of the 395, cross over 3 cattle guards and make the first possible right after the third guard (immediate after you cross over it). This is approximately 3.0 miles after you pass the church
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Gorgeous

I agree, there was some trash at this tub...but, being the neurotic person that I am, I picked it all up before I got in the tub because I had a plastic bag in my pack and I did not want to look at it while I relaxed. Mostly beer caps (which can cut someone's foot) and also a discarded sock. But, I happened upon this place midday when there was not another person for miles. Beautiful views, huge tub! It's worth the trip. You will also soak up some karma if you pick up the trash even if it is not yours. ;)

Like was mentioned already, leave no trace, pick up what you bring and even pick up what others have left. This place is great for an après ski soak. Be open minded.

Sweet spot but please respect the area.

As a Mammoth Lakes resident, I use these tubs quite often, and think I have spent more time picking up trash and broken glass around the tubs than actually sitting in them. There are a ton of people that visit here and if were all do our part in picking up after each other, people wont be worried about sharing the cooler Hot Spring locations. Now that my rant is over, this is a terrific place to hang out no matter the season. BBQ, soak, beverages, views, you can do it all. It's a wonderful gem here in the Eastern Sierra.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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