Snowshoe Hikes – Hot Creek
Head out of town, 395 South. Go to the airport turnoff and follow the signs to Hot Creek Hatchery Road. Do not go into the hatchery, but bear right onto Hot Creek Road. Take this road to the end. The road is not plowed beyond a certain point in the winter. Park your car along the side of the road and allow enough space between your car and the other cars so that you can get out of your parking space.
Go to the end of the road and put on your snowshoes. Follow the Hot Creek Road to the gate. This is about a 30 minute hike. It can be very easy if the snow has already been packed down by other hikers, or very challenging if the snow is knee deep. You can hike out as far as the gate and then turn around and come back. There is no tree shade here, so if it is a bright sunny day you will needs sunscreen, a hat, and maybe layers (in case you get hot from hiking).
You can continue on down hill toward the Hot Creek parking area. Remember this will all be uphill on your way back, so remember to pace yourself. At the Hot Creek parking area you will see informational signs about the Hot Creek geothermal area and you will be able to view the hot turquoise pools and maybe even see a small geyser.
This is an out-and-back hike. So just re-trace your steps and you will end up back at your car.