Travertine Hot Springs
After a couple months of non-stop craziness, I decided to take a few days off and enjoy my birthday in the quiet and solitude of the outdoors. Squamish and Crater Lake were close contenders but in the end, the Eastern Sierra won out because hot springs. Seriously, what better way is there to rejuvenate than in the mountains soaking in a hot tub?
Our first stop was Travertine Hot Springs, just off 395, outside the town of Bridgeport. Travertine is a fairly popular spring, complete with signage. We saw a bit of traffic in and out of the road on our way down and up 395. The dirt road up to them isn’t too shabby, just make sure your vehicle isn’t super low to the ground and you should be okay. There’s plenty of information on the internet about Travertine if you do enough sleuthing. Discovering these little hot spots is half the fun of soaking!
That being said, there are three main pools, one by the parking area and two behind the rock. The first pool is alright, nothing more than a shallow concrete bath in the ground; the other two are much more stunning. The springs has a pit toilet so you don’t have to defecate in the land around the springs and ruin the experience for others like what’s happened at other springs in California.
If you’re looking for a place to spend the night, a local told me that you can camp on the hill outside of the fenced in area by the road. Supposedly there’s a campsite at the bottom of the hill. I wasn’t looking too hard.
Please respect Travertine Hot Springs and pack out any trash you or others may have left behind and help reduce your impact, so the springs can be enjoyed for many years to come. Because how could you not want to sit in this place forever?