Backpacker Magazine Salt Lake City: Fifth Water Hot Springs 

Pack your swimsuit for this 5.4-mile round-trip canyon hike leading to a series of steaming, turquoise-blue hot pools and a cascading waterfall.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 20 Aug 2007 11:22:12 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 2.73 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1005 ft
Total Loss: 392 ft
Net Change: 613 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Fairview, Salt Lake City, Utah, Waterfall Hikes
Rating:   2 rating(s) Rate it

Mapped by Chris Bartholomew

TO TRAILHEAD: I-15 S to exit 257 to US 6 E. In 11 mi., bear L onto Diamond Fork Canyon Rd. Go 9.5 mi. and park in turnouts on side of road.

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Fifth Hot Water Springs

Points of Interest


Location: 40.082287, -111.361496
Head NE on Diamond Fork Rd. to trailhead (washed out by spring flooding in 2005); canyon walls rise on L, Diamond Fork River flows on R; maple and cottonwood canopy shades trail


Location: 40.085064, -111.354996
Turn R @ former trailhead (marked by large, crumpled mass of steel). Ford stream or cross on fallen logs, then head S to cattle gate next to privy


Location: 40.082226, -111.352699
Shady canyon trail winds E beside creek, passing several outcroppings; oak, juniper, and spruce cling to rocky slopes


Location: 40.082855, -111.346321
Wander NE along Sixth Water Creek; Oregon grapes flourish on creek's N side


Location: 40.085526, -111.338837
Cross footbridge @ confluence of Fifth Water and Sixth Water Creeks; turn R @ 3-way to enter sulfur-scented canyon on R


Location: 40.083542, -111.333397
Meander E next to Fifth Water Creek (minerals from hot springs turn creek a milky blue); mossy rocks freckle ground


Location: 40.083286, -111.329224
Continue E on path cut through undergrowth, popular hangout for mule deer and cattle


Location: 40.082432, -111.325020
Hot springs await around next few bends; sulfur smell gets stronger


Location: 40.082901, -111.322121
Pass several camping spots tucked under trees; trail curves NE


Location: 40.082966, -111.318901
Fifth Water Hot Springs: Soak in multiple, turquoise 100° F pools on R side of trail (open year-round); 20-ft. waterfall pours over ledges into pools; retrace route

Upper Pools

Location: 40.083267, -111.318977
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The Falls

Location: 40.083595, -111.317802
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Location: 40.082943, -111.318001
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Three Forks Trailhead

Location: 40.084934, -111.354919
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Hot Springs

Location: 40.083282, -111.319794
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Location: 40.085567, -111.338722
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Canyon Views

Location: 40.082329, -111.351807
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