Diamond Fork Hot Spring, or Fifth Water Hot Spring, as it is also known by
is a great outing in the Wasatch Front. Access requires a 2.5 mile hike
each way, but the reward is a fabulous natural hot springs in a very forested
and beautiful setting. Temperatures of the pools can range up to 108 F, with several great soaking pools in a variety of cooler temps. The upper pools are generally the hottest.
This is a prime choice for a winter excursion. The trail is generally well packed, but ice gripping treads can be useful. Snowshoes are usally only needed right after a heavy snow before the trail has been packed down by traffic.
Getting ThereFrom Spanish Fork, take highway 6 to mile marker 184.1 (about 11 miles
from Spanish Fork) Here, go north on the paved/signed road Diamond Fork.
Follow this road 10 miles to the trailhead on the right. The trailhead
is well signed and easy to find. In the winter, this road can be snow
packed and require 4-wheel drive, but under most conditions, it is
accessible to all. The trailhead has a pit toilet and map, but does
not allow camping.
| ||Trailhead|| ||12T 469733mE 4437209mN
| ||Hot Springs|| ||12T 472871mE 4437006mN
Diamond Fork Hot Springs
From the trailhead, follow the well marked and well traveled trail as it
meanders up the left hand side of the stream. About 1/2 way to the falls,
the trail crosses a bridge over the stream and begins it's final ascent
up the smaller Fifth Creek.
You will likely smell the sulfur from the hot springs before you see them.
There are several small pools built in the area of the springs. All have
different temperatures. The lower ones are generally cooler, while the ones
right below the falls are generally the hottest. There are also some
just above the falls.
Note: Diamond Fork/Fifth Hot Spring is a great place to visit, but
some careless visitors are leaving trash around. Please bring a small
bag and pick up some of it on your way out.
This is a popular place to visit, especially on weekends.