West Valley Warm Springs doesn’t offer the best bathing opportunities

West Valley Warm Springs is tucked away at the western slope of the Warner Range, a few miles east of the West Valley Reservoir. The springs are coming from a few sources feeding two man-made pools made of volcanic rocks.

The water emerges from the source at about 90 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes lukewarm at the pools. Besides temperatures too low for hot springs, the pools are small and therefore do not offer the best bathing opportunities.

Despite the springs is not being a bathing location, this is a perfect place to enjoy northeastern California nature. West Valley Reservoir Hot Spring is located close to West Valley Hot Springs but at the time of our visit, it was closed to public access.

Do not abuse the privilege of accessing the area and leave no trace behind! If possible, please pick up the trash that others have left to keep this area clean and open for everyone to enjoy!

There are no services available and the nearest ones are in Alturas 25 miles away. The small community of Likely is located nearby and has a general store and a bar.

West Valley Warm Springs

West Valley Warm Springs

West Valley Warm Springs

West Valley Warm Springs

West Valley Warm Springs | Facts

Location: 8.3 miles southeast of Likely • California • USA
Open: Year-round
Development: Undeveloped
Amenities: None
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: 4WD vehicle is recommended
Day-use fees: None

Elevation: 5,100 ft (1,554 m)

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Directions to West Valley Warm Springs

From US 395 in Likely,

  • Turn east onto Jess Valley Road/Dons Road and follow 2.2 miles east to West Valley Road
  • Turn right onto West Valley Road and drive 2.5 miles south to the fork to the sign for the reservoir (the road on the left)
  • Bear right and follow 3.5 miles to a small road
  • Turn left and continue 0.1 miles to the springs.

GPS: N 41°09.704' W 120°24.353' | 41.161733, -120.405883

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