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Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs 11 26 12

Melissa and I took off for the day to visit Arizona Hot Springs near the Hoover Dam. This is one of the four hot spring canyons that runs along the Colorado River at the base of the dam. I have been to Gold Strike Hot Spring before but wanted to check out a new spot. The other two canyons, Palm Pool and Boy Scout, require kayaks so we chose to head to Ringbolt.

The hike in is 3 miles and took us about 2 hours. The canyon curves like crazy and we were weighed down with heavy bags full of beer and camping equipment. We chose to follow the wash all the way to the river then headed downstream to the mouth of the canyon and set up camp on a nice flat spot. It is possible to hike all the way down the hot spring canyon to the pools but we chose the easy path. We set up our tent an hour before sunset then headed to the pools for a soak. We climbed up the giant ladder to the top of the hot waterfall and walked over to the middle tub. There was a group of people from Utah and I think one of their buddies was from Alaska: Mike, Melissa, Katie and I can’t remember the other dude’s name. We drank beers, soaked and talked about the good old days. They hiked out that night but not before leaving us some of their camping food. After they left we had the whole place to ourselves.

We soaked in the pools for hours. I liked the lower pool the most since it was around 99 degrees and perfect for falling asleep in. Melissa liked the middle pool which was about 104. The upper pool was way too hot for both of us, I’m guessing it’s about 108. The moonlight made the entire place look like Halo 3 and these cute little bats flew by us all night eating the mosquitoes which kept us from getting bit up. Around 10pm walked back to our tent and made a huge feast then passed out under the full moon.

We woke up the next morning and hit the vault toilet along the riverbank before heading back up the canyon for a morning soak. A few people came to check the place out but didn’t stay to chat. We packed up around 3pm and hiked back out the canyon to the car. What we expected to be a 2 day vacation turned into an entire weeks worth of adventure, but more on that in the next post.

Directions: From Boulder City head Southeast on US 93 and cross over the Hoover Dam into Arizona. At mile marker 4.2 you will see a sign for the White Rock Canyon Recreational Area. Make a left into the giant parking lot and lock your car doors. Hike under the highway, down the giant wash and into the canyon. After 3 miles you will reach the Colorado River. You must look closely for trail markers on the left. Head downstream for about 5 minutes to the mouth of the hot spring canyon. You will see a giant sign alerting the dangers of Naegleria Fowleri. Follow the canyon up 5 minutes to the giant ladder which takes you up the waterfall into the pools. CAUTION: This hike can be very strenuous on hot days. Bring a fuck-ton of water or else you will die. Los Angeles Swimmin is not responsible for your unpreparedness. Hike out all your trash and leave the place cleaner than it was before you got there.

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