An amazing destination at the edge of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Hunt Hot Springs along the Kosk Creek provides great opportunities to relax in mineral-rich water and enjoy a peaceful vibe. The last mile before the Kosk Creek enters the Pit River has plenty of spots with hot spring water emerging from everywhere - hillsides, the creek’s bank, and bottom. Volunteers built pools and tubs in a few locations. One of those spots was named Hunt Hot Springs.
Hunt Hot Springs water is very hot and it flows out at about 170 degrees Fahrenheit. The source hot water feeds two adjoining rock and concrete tubs, then flows to the creek. Depending on weather conditions, the water temperature in the tubs range between 110°F and 140°F . You can use already built pools at the edge of the creek or even build your own one. The temperature can be adjusted by allowing the creek water to flow in.
Begin your journey from the town of Big Bend (read the directions below). Park your car at the Kosk Creek Bridge and hike 0.7 miles to Hunt Hot Springs and for about one mile to Kosk Hot Springs.
The trail runs along the creek through the private property but the landowner allows to hike to the hot springs. Please do not abuse the privilege of accessing the area. Be sure to pack out all trash, no camping or fires are allowed.
Do not use any other routes to get to the hot springs, many internet sources and books provide wrong directions through the private land and pasture. Do not trespass.
Hunt Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 2 miles northwest of Big Bend • California • USA
Hiking distance: 0.7 miles
Road Access: Any vehicle to the Kosk Creek Bridge, do not drive to the hot springs
Restrictions: No camping, no fires, no dogs
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 1,615 ft (492 m)
From I-5 in Redding,
- Take exit 680 for CA-299 East
- Drive 35 miles onto CA-299 to Big Bend Road
- Turn left onto Big Bend Road and continue 15.7 miles to the Pit River bridge in Big Bend
- Cross the bridge and follow 0.9 miles onto Summit lake Road to the fork
- Bear left and continue 1.2 miles onto the forest road (unpaved) to the bridge across the Kosk Creek
- Turn left and park your car before the bridge.
The trail runs along the creek, always keep right on the trail. Hunt Hot Springs is located 0.7 miles and Kosk Hot Springs 1 mile off the bridge.