Buckeye Hot Spring

General Description: Hot water flows out of a mineral deposit and cascading into sand and gravel pools along a river
General Location: In the Eastern Sierra outside of Bridgeport
Pool Type: Sand and Gravel
Pool Temps: Extremely Hot (106° - 110° F)
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Accessibility: Road closed in winter and four wheel drive recommended in wet conditions
Restrictions: None
Elevation: 6900 feet.
Distance from road: 0.00 mile.
Map Reference: Toiyabe National Forest Map, Bridgeport CA USGS 1:100,000 scale quadrangle, or Twin Lakes CA USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle

The Hot Spring:

  The mineral rich water at Buckeye Hot Spring has built a large mineral deposit on the northern bank of Buckeye Creek.  135 degree F water flows out of the top of the mineral deposit in little channels towards the creek forming a hot waterfall into the creek.  The amount of hot water going to the waterfall can be controlled by blocking or unblocking the channel that goes to the waterfall.  Two volunteer built sand and gravel pools are along the creek near and under the waterfall next to the mineral deposits overhanging cliff.  The pool temperature can also be controlled by changing the amount of cold creek water allowed into the pools.

  A second source is located close to the parking area near a pine tree.  The water temperature is cooler at about 100 degrees F.  Volunteers have dug out a small sand and gravel pool at the source that can hold about four people.  Buckeye is relatively popular and you should expect to see people most days, but it is calm compared to Travertine Hot Springs.  The dirt road is well maintained but closed during the winter because of snow.  You can still visit the springs in the winter though if you travel over the snow and will most likely be all by yourself.

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This is perhaps one of my

This is perhaps one of my favorite "drive up" Hot Springs in California.

Bring a shovel and make improvements to the main pools by the river if you like as the pools do fill with gravel and sand with the winter runoff.

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