Take the 15 Freeway to Hesperia, exit on Bear Valley Road and head East. Stay on Bear Valley Road to Central, there is a four way stop, turn right at this intersection. Continue South until Ocotillo and then turn left. Follow Ocotillo until it becomes a dirt road. Shortly past this point it becomes Bowen Ranch Road. Continue on this road until reaching the Tollgate. Parking and the trailhead are at. N 34 21.504 W 117 09.878.
The cache is located approximately 1.5 miles down the 3W02 trail and requires about 300 ft. of cross-country travel to reach. From this point there are spectacular views of the Deep Creek area. After hiking through the desolate chaparral, the lush green riparian vegetation is a striking and surprising contrast. The hike to this point is a worthy endeavor and would be a satisfying conquest for anyone.
The cache contains:
For those with an adventurous spirit and an open mind, read on.
- Mag Solitaire Flash Light
- Large magnifying lens
- Cork screw bottle opener
- Four new AA batteries
- Monopoly pen
- Swiss Army knife
- John Tesh Live At Red Rock Tape
- Smokey The Bear date book
- Beanie Dog
- Riverside Pride Stickers
- SOG key chain pliers/screwdriver
- Various pens and markers
- And last but definitely not least, a pewter Lady Godiva Statuette, from Rocky Hill II cache
The Deep Creek Hot Springs have a history of attracting the eclectic traveler since at least the 1920’s, and once you glimpse this beautiful area you will know why. Five large hot pools of varying temperatures have been constructed in a lush green valley. Each pool offers scenic views that are varied and inspiring. Clothing is definitely optional. Actually it’s quite rare. The atmosphere is very mellow, the locals friendly, and it’s a great place to work on your tan….And about that tan, a word to the wise, sun block. Some parts of the human anatomy are just not designed for high sun exposure. Just ask my wife Sherre, she’s taken to calling me Lobster Boy, it’s not a pretty picture. Try the Hot Springs. It is most assuredly an experience you will not forget. And thanks to Bmcilvoy who talked me into going, against my better judgment.