Diamond Fork Hot Springs (also known as fifth water) is a fun place to visit. It is up in Spanish Fork canyon. In order to get there you take the Highway 6 exit from I-15. It is exit 261 coming from the North or exit 260 coming from the south. Head east for about 10 miles and turn left up Diamond Fork for 10 miles to the Three Forks sign. There is a parking lot at the trailhead. The canyon to Three Forks is a gorgeous little canyon with a good size creek rambling through it.
There are some real positives to this trail. It is about 2.5 miles to get to the springs. The trail hugs the creek the entire way which is lovely because you can hear the rushing water and it is pretty wet. The trail is covered with a canopy of trees for about half the way, so you don’t have to deal with the beating sun when you are hiking. It is a moderate climb, just enough to get your aerobic exercise in on the way up, and put some pressure on your joints and feet on the way down.
There are also some downsides to the trail. At about the two mile mark, you get the sulfur smell. The canyon the creek runs through is very narrow, so the smell carries. It is very strong in some places. The other downside is the risk you take running into skinny dippers in the pools. Or rather, plump dippers because as always seems to be the case when I encounter them. I don’t mind so much that people want to get nekkid, I just mind when their body is so offensive as to scare the rest of us off.
Having said that, here’s some pics!