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Simplest Route:

From LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego County, take the easiest route to the I-15 and follow it north through Cajon pass.  Exit at Bear Valley Road and turn right.  If you are coming from Barstow or Victorville come south on I-15, exit at Bear Valley road and turn left.

Go east on Bear Valley Road for about 10 miles, after passing the Apple Valley Plaza make a right at the traffic light on Central. Drive about 3 miles on Central, across a railway line and over a steep hill to Ocotillo Way.  Turn left on Ocotillo and continue for 2.2 miles, starting on a paved road but turning into a dirt road, until you hit Bowen Ranch Road.  Turn right and drive 6+ miles to Bowen Ranch.

This is a winding road with blind curves, so drive carefully. After about a mile you will pass this ranch with a tire fence, a good indicator that you're on the right road.  At any forks you should stay right and you will need to cross a cattle guard after four miles.  The road becomes narrow shortly before you reach Bowen Ranch.

Bowen Ranch is a private property and the owner expects you to pay $5.00 per person per day and $10.00 for overnight camping.  If the owner does not come to the door there are some envelopes and pencil on the steps for you to deposit your payment in the slot on the wall.  Then continue down the road for another 0.5 miles to the parking lot.  You will see signs of "No vehicles beyond this point". 

The hike is just over 2 miles down to the springs and includes an elevation change of approximately 930 feet.

Look for the signs that mark the trailhead at the south end of the parking lot.

The trail is clearly marked, and starts off wide enough to drive a vehicle on.
Follow this wide trail until the end of the hill and then look for the foot path down the hill.

Path down the hill

This is the marker at the end of the path down the hill.  Go left on the road.  Remember to follow the arrow on the marker on the way back, as this is where visitors most often get lost.

You will cross a dirt road where you may find some parked vehicles, this is the official USFS parking lot but you need a 4WD vehicle to reach it.
You will need to walk down the road for about 50 yards, the trail continues to your right through an opening in the fence, just before you reach the parking lot.

From here you are on National Forest Service land and the trail meanders down the canyon and is easy to follow.
After a 1.5 mile hike, the springs are visible ahead and left.

There will be a fork in the trail.  They both lead to the springs.  The fork to the left leads to a very steep decent and the right fork is a more gradual slope.

Follow this trail down to the bottom of the hill and then take one of the branches to your left to the little beach that exists where the trail meets the creek.

Cross to other side

The hot springs are located on the other side of the creek.

Hot Springs

Some folks choose to leave all their stuff on the beach and cross over to the hot pools.

Others carry their stuff to the other side and choose a spot in the rocks or in the grass.

Wherever you choose to leave your stuff the easiest way to cross the creek is to remove your clothes and wade across.
In winter, the water can be cold, but the hot pools are waiting to reward you on the other side.

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Bradford Ridge Alternate Route:

The Bradford Ridge Trail (Two and a half miles long ) is a great option for people wishing to access Deep Creek Hot Springs who live in the Inland Empire and LA areas. From off of the 210 FWY, just east of HWY 15, you take HWY 18 up into the mountains, then take HWY 189 through Twin Peaks, go to Grass Valley Rd and follow it northerly until it reaches HWY 173. turn left and follow it to just before the pavement ends. HWY 173 is closed by a gate past here, and the four and a half mile dirt section leading down towards the high desert is not open for travel now. At this point, a couple hundred yards or so from where the pavement ends there is a concrete bridge that goes over Kinely Creek. You will park at the side of the road by this bridge, and the Bradford Ridge Trail starts on the north and right side of this bridge. It is well traveled and you should find it easily. The trail follows along Kinely Creek on the east side of it for the first 25 minutes of hiking, then the trail veers away from this creek off to the right crossing over some hills before you reach a high point and begin to descend into the Deep Creek Canyon. After going downhill for about 15 minutes you will ( if you notice it ) come to a split in the trail. One which goes right which is steeper but a shorter route to Deep Creek Hot Springs (Saving about 10 minutes ), or straight ahead which goes down the Bradford Ridge. Both trails end at the Pacific Crest Trail, and when you reach it in both cases you go right, upstream direction, and you will arrive at the springs shortly. Remember landmarks if its your first time down this trail so that you will be ok finding your way back out. For those wishing to access this trail from the high desert its the same directions. Travel HWY 138 by Silverwood Lake, then pass by Lake Gregory on Lake Gregory Drive which will take you to the intersection of HWY 18 and Grass Valley Rd, then follow the directions that I gave above from there.



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