Grover Hot Springs State Park

  • Roll In Shower
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Features

  • Roll In Shower
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Information

Website:
visit link
Address:
3415 Hot Springs Rd, Markleeville, CA 96120
Region:
High Sierra
Phone:
Info: 800-777-0369
Res: 800-444-7275
Hours:
Open hours for the pools vary depending on the season. Campground is closed from early October to May.
Dogs:
On leash
Last Visited:
August 2009
The centerpiece of this park is the mineral hot springs, enjoyed because the mineral sulfur is minimal. Two concrete pools, one hot and one cold, are both equipped with lifts for disabled access. At an altitude of 6000- feet, even in summer the warm water may be welcome; in winter cross country skiers use the pools. The site is surrounded by tall peaks and rocky crags; below the pools is a wide meadow among giant Jeffrey pines.

A half-mile away, across a lovely meadow is a 76-site campground, from which several trails depart. Most are inaccessible due to soft sand, narrowness, rocks and roots, but Burnside Lake Trail is quite pleasant for about 0.3 mile, and adventurous wheelchair users may be able to venture out into the meadow in the dryness of late summer.

Trails and Pathways

Trail:
Burnside Lake Trail
Trailhead Location:
At northwest corner of campground
Trail Length:
Less than .5 mile
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Gentle
Terrain:
Moderately Firm
Trail Overview: This is a packed dirt access road, yet narrow and trail-like in feel, skirting the edge of the wide meadow and passing among tall trees and chaparral, with views of the crags and peaks that surround the valley. The surface is sandy, but firm enough for a strong pusher or motorized wheelchair. Near the end it comes close to Hot Springs Creek, a pretty rushing stream which is stocked with trout (presently not accessible for fishing from a wheelchair). From this point onward the trail rapidly becomes more difficult, dipping into gullies with soft sand slopes and protruding rocks and roots. We turned back at about the half-mile mark.
More Info: After 0.3 mile, dips into creekbeds become impassible The surface is sandy but not deep, so that it might be tiring but didn't seem treacherous. After 0.3 mile, steep terrain, rocks, roots and soft sand became problematic.

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, hard, level or slope no greater than 2%

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – Vault toilets are at the day use area outside the campground.The men's and women's restroom adjacent to the designated wheelchair accessible campsites, is reserved for people with disabilities only, and to use them you must obtain a key when you register. Each spacious room has a roll in shower with built-in bench and low and high shower heads.

Camping:
Yes – reservations: 800-444-7275

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface; The day use area outside the campground entrance is available for off-season camping when the main campground is closed October to May.

Good to Know:
Although the hot springs and pool are accessible via a lift, assistance may be needed on the steep ramp on the approach. Dressing rooms and toilets may be usable for some wheelchair rider's. Showers lack folding seats and lower heads but have adequate maneuvering space.

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