Fifth Water Hot Springs or Diamond Fork Hot Springs… I hear both names, but they refer to the same set of hot springs and pools. You find them 10 minutes up Spanish Fork Canyon, then 15 minutes down Diamond Fork, then a 2+ mile hike to the actual pools. These are well-known hot springs, and it would be unusual to have the place to yourself. Although, on a Tuesday morning at 9 AM, we did… for a little while. The hike from the trailhead to the springs is about 2 1/4 miles, relatively flat, but with some hills near the end. It is mostly shady, following the water, and is as enjoyable as a nature hike as it is for the destination of the hot springs.
One you reach the springs, there are a few pools – the ones nearest the waterfall are the hottest… not because of the falls, but because just to the right of the falls is where the hot water comes from. The pools cool off as you head back down the trail, until the last pool is just lukewarm water. Most of the pools are deep enough to sit in, and many of them have well-placed rocks to sit on.
There is also a waterfall. If you climb up behind the waterfall, you’ll see a gap in the rock, almost like a window, with the water pouring over it. You can sit under the water, or stick your head through the window to really cool off.
How To Get To Fifth Water Hot Springs
The map below directs you to the trailhead. From Spanish Fork, drive up Highway 6 to Diamond Fork. Take a left into Diamond Fork, and go past the campgrounds until the road narrows. You’ll pass one parking are on the right, and a mile or so later you’ll see a larger turn in for the trailhead.
Once you park, head through the gate onto the trail. There will be a trail going straight ahead, and a 2nd trail going over a bridge to your right. You want the straight trail, NOT the bridge. You really can’t make a wrong turn once you are on the correct trail. It will parallel the river to another bridge, and take you across the water. You’ll then stop following the main creek, and follow the trail alongside a smaller creek for another mile or so.
As you get closer, you’ll start to see the water changing color, and smell the springs in the air. The smell never gets really strong, but is noticeable. Once you come over the last hill and can see the waterfall, explore a bit to get the lay of the land and see which pool is the right temperature for you.