Miracle Hot Springs

Miracle Hot Springs is a cluster of hot springs emerging along Kern River
A picnic area and Hobo Campground are located nearby

Miracle Hot Springs, previously known as Hobo Hot Springs, is tucked along the bank of the scenic Lower Kern River within boundaries of the Sequoia National Forest, 10 miles west of Lake Isabella.

A series of hot springs gush out at 120 degrees F into several primitive pools lined with rocks and boulders alongside the river. The water temperature in the pools varies. The closer pool is located to the river, the colder its water is. During high water, lower pools can be covered by the river. The sulfur odor is present and very noticeable.

A picnic area and Hobo Campground are located nearby. Hobo Campground has 34 single-family sites on a first-come, first-served basis and is open from April to September. The parking area has a launch site for whitewater boating.

Remington Hot Springs is another hot springs on the bank of Kern River only 2 miles away from Miracle Hot Springs.

The trail begins at the farther end of the parking area and run 0.2 miles through a beautiful rocky landscape.

This pristine small hot springs destination is extremely popular and attract numerous visitors. The Forest Service has considered closing this place because of overcrowding and the high amount of trash left by visitors.

If you intend to visit this site, please keep it clean and leave no trace behind! If you have an opportunity, please pick some trash that others have left to make sure we can keep this spot clean and open.

Miracle Hot Springs Trail

Miracle Hot Springs - Kern River

Miracle Hot Springs

Miracle Hot Springs

Miracle Hot Springs | Facts

Location: 4 miles west of Bodfish • California • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Primitive
Clothing: Optional
Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic tables
Hiking distance: 0.2 miles
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 2,250 ft (685 m)

Water T° (source): 120°F (49°C)
Water T° (pools): Vary
Sulfur Odor: Present

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Directions to Miracle Hot Springs

From Bakersfield,

  • Drive east for about 37 miles on CA 178 toward Lake Isabella to Old Canyon Road (Kern Canyon Road)
  • Turn right onto Borel Road and after 0.3 miles bear right onto Old Canyon Road
  • Continue 1.9 miles to the Hobo Campground entrance on the right.

The parking area and trailhead to the hot springs are on the left.

GPS: N 35°34.558' W 118°33.947' | 35.575857, -118.533197

1 Comment

  1. It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Miracle Hot Springs was destroyed by the usfs on 10/20/22. I do not care what their reasoning is, as far as I am concerned they should be arrested for the destruction of a state historical site. You can see the devastation on Youtube channel: Hammer Hands – Miracle Hot Springs October 20, 2022 Destruction.

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