Valued at the regional and national levels of California, the landscape surrounding Deep Creek is unique and supports the greatest diversity of wildlife habitats and drainage on the San Bernardino National Forest. It has also earned the State designation of a Wild Trout Stream. Deep Creek also boasts of vegetation and ranges from sparse creosote, California buckwheat and chamise. Lower elevations include oak and pinyon woodland and scattered mixed conifer, and healthy riparian habitats are also present.
Deep Creek is also home to the endangered specie " The Southern Arroyo Toad. This toad generally comes out only at night to forage food and remains burrowed in the sand during the day. To spot The Southern Arroyo Toad you should should looks for warty skin, dark spots and a light-olive green or gray to tan skin-tone.
While visiting Deep Creek it is important to note that you can NOT drink the water. The hot springs contain a rare and sometimes fatal disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The disease is contained within contaminated soil and is transmitted to the Hot Spring pools as the warm water flows over and through the soil. Please, do not submerse your head.
If you decide to visit Deep Creek Hot Springs to bask in its beauty, be safe and always bring plenty of drinking water, wear adequate footwear like water shoes or sneakers that can get wet, be sure to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses as temperature can easily exceed 100 degrees in the summer months.
The Pacific Crest Train follows the creek from Lake Arrowhead to the Mojave River Forks Dam for 16 miles as part of the 2,650 mile national scenic trail, where Deep Creek is crossed twice by elevated bridges.
When on the trail at Deep Creek be careful for dangers like loose decomposed granite, debris and uneven terrain. This area is also known for rattlesnakes and you should be cautious around rock outcroppings.
Please note that Deep Creek Hot Springs is only available for day use only. There is no camping permitted and no campfires or glass is permitted as well.
Keep in mind that while the trail may appear to only be a short distance, the drop in elevation is approximately 950 feet form the Forest Service trail-house. Plan accordingly because is will be a hike !