A moderate hike, which because of its distance of 8-1/2 miles each way, is often considered difficult. If going the entire way, backpacking is usually preferred. As a day hike short of the hot springs, its use is very heavy as it provides a fairly easy walk through the woods and meadows and bridged stream crossings.
The views of mountains and fields of wildflowers are superb. Also used as an entry hike for extended backpacking trips into the wilderness and the starting point for the most challenging of the hikes to Crested Butte. To help alleviate overcrowding, which often occurs, a one night stay is suggested. During holidays usage is particularly heavy.
Camping around the springs is permitted only at designated sites. Most of these sites are located in the woods 1/4 of a mile before the hot springs.