Crab Cooker Hot Springs

Crab Cooker Hot Springs is located on the east side of Sierra Nevada Mountains
One of many primitive hot springs of the volcanically active Long Valley Caldera

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

With tan, brown, white and dark gray colors spread through the natural landscape surrounding Crab Cooker Hot Springs, California, visitors to this hot spring will enjoy a free dip in the pool, compliment of Mother Nature. The hot springs are situated on the east side of Sierra Nevada Mountains among other hot springs emerging in the volcanically active Long Valley Caldera. Besides the relaxing soaking, this location offers a stunning view of the meadow and mountains.

Made of solid rocks and mortar, the primitive hot springs pool is approximately 2 feet deep. Extremely hot water is transferred to the pool from the nearby cement well located a few feet away. The water temperature in the well is over 150°F - enough to cook crabs! The temperature in the pool depends on the weather conditions and can be adjusted by turning on or off a valve on the pipe just outside of the pool. The pool has enough room for three to four people.

Crab Cooker Hot Springs is the hottest from the available soaking tubs in the area. For this reason, consider visiting Crab Cooker during cooler weather.

No camping is allowed near the hot springs but you can camp a few hundred yards away. There are no facilities near the springs. Please help to keep the springs clean by packing out all your trash.

A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the last 0.5 miles. The easiest way to get to Crab Cooker is easy 0.4-mile hike from Shepherd Hot Springs.


Crab Cooker Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 12 miles east of Mammoth Lakes • California • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Primitive
Clothing: Optional
Services: No services are available
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 6,900 ft (2,103 m)

Water T° (source): Over 150°F (65°C)


From the junction US-395 and Benton Crossing Road,

  • Travel 1.1 miles northeast to the gravel Whitmore Tubs Road
  • Turn left onto Whitmore Tubs Road and drive about 1.7 miles to the rough dirt road on the right (between the road to Rock Hot Tub and the road to Sherperd Hot Springs)
  • Turn right and then in 0.4 miles to the left and continue 0.5 miles.

This road is rough and tricky. If you are not sure, your vehicle can make this drive, you can drive to Shepherd Hot Springs and hike 0.4 miles to Crab Cooker Hot Springs.

GPS (DDM/DD): N 37°39.774' W 118°48.010' | 37.663, -118.80002

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