To gain access:

Step One: READ THE CONDITIONS OF ACCESS FOLLOWING THIS SECTION. Please fill out the required form on our website by clicking MAKE A DONATION or RESERVE YOUR VISIT. If you have any questions or concerns you can email

Step Two: Once form has been submitted and received we will review the date you requested to ensure availability. If yes, we will email you a confirmation with permission to access the property only on the day you request.

In the event you decide to reschedule your reservation, we require a minimum of 48 hours advance notice prior the date of your scheduled visit. Contributions are non-refundable.

By filling out our form and signing you acknowledge that you have read the Conditions of Access below and that you and all members of your party agree to accept them. You also acknowledge that you are 18 or older.

Conditions of Access

Scenic Hot Springs is PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTY and you must agree to abide by the owner’s wishes, terms, and conditions, prior to being granted conditional access. Submitting an application for a reservation constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

1) You acknowledge the rugged nature of the terrain you wish to visit and the nature of soaking in natural hot springs. You understand that the hot springs are not chlorinated and that sanitary conditions can not be guaranteed in such a primitive location. You will be appropriately prepared for changing and unpredictable weather conditions as well as steep, rough terrain. You assume for yourself and your guests, any and all risks, implicit and explicit, while on the property known as Scenic Hot Springs. Your guests, by accompanying you, acknowledge and accept these risks and likewise release the owner and stewards from any and all liability.

2) Minors under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a legally-responsible adult guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible to control the behavior of their children.

3) No children under the age of six (6). Young children do not have a fully developed thermoregulatory system, making soaking in the hot temperatures of the hot springs a potential danger of hyperthermia or heat stroke with few warning signs.

4) The pools are for soaking. Do not horseplay, wrestle, or dive in the pools! Keep your head above water to avoid inadvertently inhaling water and the algae present in all natural hot springs.

5) Do not soak in the pools if you have open sores, an infectious skin condition, or suffer from intestinal distress. These pools are communal and you have a responsibility to fellow soakers. Make restroom breaks before entering pools. Rinse yourself off before entering pools.

6) No Nighttime Soaking: Myself, and my guests will be OFF THE SITE before sunset. For our purposes, sunset is defined as the moment the sun dips below the mountain ridgelines as seen from the springs. Give yourself adequate time to be off the property before darkness descends abruptly in the deep canopy of the trail.

7) No Fires or Campfires: I understand that this is a fire restricted area.

8) “NO PETS ALLOWED Visitors with pets will be required to leave”. No Camping, No Firearms, No Glass Containers, No exceptions.

9) Alcohol in moderation (preferably none). If your alcohol comes packaged in a glass bottle, transfer it to a shatter proof container.

10) Respect the site by soaking quietly and respectfully of other soakers who may be up there.

Stay on the trails and take all litter out with you, leaving the site clean. Clothing optional is the norm and you should expect that you will experience nudity in the pools and often on the trail up. Lewd behavior, however, is not tolerated.

Winter Conditions (Additional Requirements)

During winter conditions the owner and the stewards of Scenic Hot Springs reserve the right to close access to the property when conditions, in our sole judgment, are too dangerous. Anyone who has a Scenic Hot Springs reservation during winter conditions is required to check the Scenic Blog just prior to heading out for closures. In the event of a closure, any guests who have reservations for that date will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a future visit.

During winter cold weather conditions, visitors are expected to carry sufficient clothing and survival supplies in the event you are stranded by deep snowfall or a sudden change in weather.

1) Practice layering of your clothing. Do not wear cotton as cotton, wet, saps body heat. Wear a hat and gloves, as needed.
2) Carry three days worth of food. Keep yourself hydrated.
3) Carry at least three different ways of lighting a fire in an emergency.
4) Carry your cell phone. Cell phones often work at the hot springs site.
5) Snow can get very deep at Scenic during the height of winter, making snowshoes an essential.

Scenic also has steep slopes that may present snow-slide hazards in addition to severe icing of the trail. Spikes and/or crampons may be necessary.

Large Bookings & Exclusive Access

A request for access does not grant your party exclusive use of the springs. Your request simply allows you access during the daylight hours of the day you want to reserve. On busy days, such as weekends, you may be sharing the hot spring pools with other groups. 

However, on occasion we will allow a large group to have Exclusive Access to the springs if there are not already existing requests or reservations. We generally do this for cultural, social and fraternal groups. If you would like to reserve Exclusive Access to the springs for your group, contact the stewards directly with the following considerations:

1. The contribution for an exclusive reservation is $300. We will not make or accept any other reservations for that date.
2. Consider how you will make parking arrangements as we cannot allow unsupervised vehicle access beyond the gate. It is suggested that your group take full advantage of car-pooling.
3. We will post signs at the gate to deter casual trespassers but we cannot guarantee that trespassers will not try to crash your party. You will however have your confirmation email to show to trespassers and urge them to leave.
4. If there is time, one of the stewards will siphon and flush the pools in advance of your visit; and also post signs.

During the pre-permit phase, Scenic Hot Springs is not a commercial, for-profit venture. The cost of ongoing maintenance, clean-up, and county-mandated control of access is partially offset by donations by those who request and would like to visit that keep the site available, controlled, and maintained.

Your request will be determined primarily on your attitude, on acceptance of the Conditions of Access, on the number of pending requests, and our ability to maintain reasonable conditions (and conditions depend highly on contributions). If we, as stewards, are unable to control access or the conditions of the site due to inadequate contributions, then we must restrict access severely…we are, after all, not required to grant access to anyone. Your donations keep Scenic open.


Contact Us

Email to contact the Property Manager/Caretaker of Scenic

Owner, Mike Sato

For all inquiries not involving a reservation contact:;