Grover Hot Springs State Park
I thought I would follow up the 3 Part Series on Travelin to Murphys, CA by highlighting Grover Hot Springs State Park.
The park is located near Markleeville, CA (Alpine County) and offers a hot & cool pool, campground, picnic area, and hiking trails. The park is tucked in Hot Springs Valley with Hawkins Peak (10,023′) to the northwest and Markleeville Peak (9,419′) to the southwest.
Head into Markleeville and check out this quaint mountain town. We ate at the Wolf Creek Restaurant – really good burgers. There is also the Cutthroat Saloon.
Camping, Hiking & Relaxing . . .
Our 1st trip to the park was in 2006. We were not new to tent camping, but tent camping in bear country was a whole new experience for us. Be Bear Aware & Use Bear Lockers (no feeding the wildlife!) – new concepts for us. I thought well not much between me and a bear in a tent – then thought what about getting up at night to use the restroom – are bears out roaming at night??? The squirrels and the birds happened to be more problematic!
The Burnside Trail. 3 miles round trip to the waterfall & 10 miles round trip to Burnside Lake (with a 2,100 foot elevation gain). Another new experience for us was hiking in the mountains, so we did the 3 miles round trip to the waterfall. It was a challenging hike and was not expecting to be climbing up and over so many rocks – now I know why there is a hot springs – whole body aches, especially the arm and shoulder areas.
The Transition Walk is a nature trail that loops around the park’s alpine meadow. The meadow is GORGEOUS, especially when the sun was rising or setting – just BREATHTAKING!!! We did the walk and found it teeming with life – fauna & flora – birds – butterflies & other insects – small critters.
Do Not Be Afraid of the Green Water – the Hot Springs looks green due to mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool. The mineral salts in the water and the sanitizing agent used (Bromine) cause an oxidation reaction making the water look green. There is a hot pool (102 to 105 degrees) fed by six mineral springs and one cool pool. I would like to go back and check out the Hot Springs – were either closed or full when we tried to go.
I enjoyed relaxing by the campfire at night too.