The vibe at Mono Hot Springs Campground
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Be sure to take the 1 mi hike to Doris Lake - it's a great place to swim - warmer than the river! - and there are lots of places to jump off of rocks into the water (because who doesn't love to do that?!)
The drive in is potentially treacherous. After the road narrows above Huntington Lake, slow WAY down. Take ALL turns slowly. Be ready to back UP, turn OUT and be kind to other motorists who are just as freaked out as you are. At times, this is a single-lane road with no barriers, no lines, no marking of any sort on the side of a steep hill. No room for error or arrogance.
There are a handful of natural hot springs near the campground. Cross the San Joaquin using the log bridge and head up the hill - there are a few small concrete tubs, or there is a larger, natural bottomed spring about a mile away. The resort store has a map.
This place is a magical fairy wonderland, and the exact reason I love the mountains so much. The drive in is insane. The highway dead ends and turns into a 1-lane road, where you drive 14 miles into the backcountry to arrive. It takes about an hour, but a very beautiful. The grounds are very clean, and the general store has anything you might have forgotten at home. The river is cold, but the hike up to Doris Lake is easy and the water there is much warmer than the river. I also recommend a further drive to Lake Edison to hike up to Devil's Bathtub. It's about 9 miles round trip, and the hot springs back at camp are the perfect remedy for tired muscles. Loads of hot springs all around. I definitely hope to go back next summer!