BISHOP CREEK HOT SPRINGS NV 11 3 2011
What’s up hot springers? Winter is upon us, well Socal isn’t really feeling it, but the rest of the country is. Back in November The Shrine and Throb went on a US tour. After the first night in Oakland we drove to Salt Lake City. On the way there we stopped at Bishop Creek Hot Springs near Wells Nevada. Everyone was in the warm van sleeping as we rolled into the hot springs parking area around 7am. The road out there was pretty bumpy and the van was full of amps and guitars and drums and other gear so we had to take it slow. We drove as far as we could till we saw an ice patch in the road. Just to play it safe we pulled over and parked. Throb woke everyone up and we suited up for the 10 degree weather. The hike in was only about 10 minutes, it was cold but still pleasant. It is more of a walk than a hike.
The springs are the PERFECT temperature. That may change in the summer, but they were just right on this cold winter day. The springs flow like a river through the canyon. At one point someone built a giant soaking pool out of concrete that can fit about 30 people comfortably. This was the perfect pit stop on the tour, just what we needed to soothe or jangled nerves.
Directions: From I80 take the West Wells exit (exit 351). Drive down this road (Humbolt Ave) to 6th street and make a right. Drive through town and make a left on Lake street. Cross the choo-choo tracks and take a left on 8th street. Follow 8th as it curves around some houses, after 9.1 miles the road curves to the left, make a right turn on an unnamed dirt road. Drive as far as your vehicle can go. After about a mile you will see a canyon and a creek. Park anywhere and walk upstream. Walk into the canyon, after 5 minutes you will hit a dam. Stay to the right of the dam and walk another 5 minutes to the hot spring tub. The springs had zero trash when we went, please help keep it that way.