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Wild Willy’s Hot Springs



The cluster of really cool (but actually hot) hot springs scattered throughout the valley across highway 395 from Mammoth Lakes, CA is the highest concentration of geothermal springs in the whole state. But of all those springs, some easy to find and some requiring local knowledge and 4-wheel drive, Wild Willy’s is the biggest.

One reason this epic, group-sized pool is an Alite favorite, is that you can camp for free anywhere along the trailhead parking area. Wild Willy’s boast two large pools and a hot stream to choose from. Both pools are big enough for you and a few friends to enjoy a relaxing soak while taking in expansive views of the sagebrush plains and surrounding mountains. Bring plenty of water to drink and maybe some cold ones too.


  • No fees to soak here!
  • Easily accessible by car.
  • No 4-wheel drive required.
  • Maintained path and boardwalk lead you about about a ¼ mile to the springs from the parking area.
  • 2 pools and a hot stream to choose from with varied temperatures.
  • Soft sandy bottom is comfy for longer soaking sessions.
  • Pro Tip: float around the pools to discover various sources or “hot spots”.
  • Big enough to hold a crowd.
  • Ample free camping available along the dirt road that leads to the parking area.
  • 24 hour access. Feel like a late night dip? No problem!
  • Bring your own water, there’s nowhere to fill up fresh water at the springs.
  • Clean up after yourself as future enjoyment of these waters depends on folks respecting the area.