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Hot Creek, Mammoth Lakes

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Hot Creek, starting as Mammoth Creek, is a stream in Mono County of eastern California, in the Western United States. It is within the Inyo National Forest.
Mammoth CreekThe creek begins its course in the eastern Sierra Nevada named as Mammoth Creek. It originates as an outflow of Twin Lakes, just south of Mammoth Mountain and above the town of Mammoth Lakes. The stream is primarily sourced from melted snow water at 8500ft above sea level. It is quite cold, rarely being above 50F.
Hot CreekAs Mammoth Creek leaves the Sierra and flows east into the Long Valley Caldera it is joined by warmer water from geothermal springs at the Hot Creek State Fish Hatchery. From this confluence the stream is named Hot Creek, though its water temperature seldom exceeds 68F until it reaches Hot Creek Gorge, 8mi east of Mammoth Lakes. In the Hot Creek Gorge, numerous hot springs near and in the stream bed add hot water into the stream. Its mouth is at the confluence with the Owens River upstream from Crowley Lake.
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  • The location is a little away from Mammoth Lakes and has dirt road, but nothing complicated. It is just a lookout overlooking the Hot Creek, very beautiful and interesting, worth a visit.
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  • Neat place to visit if have never been at Lassen or Yellowstone. It's just very small. Easy hike from the parking lot. Great views. Since I visited in the winter , advise: passenger car ok if coming f...  more »
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  • Fun in summer and winter! Must see. Easy to get to and a quick stop
  • One of my favorite places for apres-ski relaxation. You have to wade across a chilly part to get to the hot pools, but it’s totally worth it. In fact, it even makes better.

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