We visited the Hot Creek Geological Site (Google Maps) near Mammoth Lakes during our October visit. It was a blue-skied and clear day and it was late in the morning already, so I didn’t even bother to get the camera out of the car when we went for a little walk to see the hot spring. I just made this photo of a colorful rock with my mobile phone, and gently massaged it to bring out all of its beauty.
I liked the area – the steaming hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling little pools by the creek are a very real display of the fascinating things that are going on underneath the Earth’s surface, and remind us what little we usually see of it.
Upon closer inspection though, it’s not exactly a pretty site, unfortunately. Old (and partially collapsed) fences block access to the most interesting spots – which is for public safety of course, since the hot springs are really scalding hot (93C/200F, which is actually boiling at that elevation).