Black Rock Desert, Double Hot Springs – June 1, 2016

Soaking tub at Double Hot Springs.

Soaking tub at Double Hot Springs.

We continued driving south until we reached Double Hot Springs.

Double Hot Springs

Double Hot Springs

The geology of the Great Basin area in north central Nevada is a Basin and Range formation. There are a series of fault zone running north to south including the Black Rock Fault that runs along the eastern part of the Black Rock playa. Because the crust is so thin in this area, the ground water doesn’t have to go very far to become superheated which then rises back to the surface along fault lines.

Black Rock Desert Geology

There are a number of hot springs in the area. Double Hot Springs and Black Rock Hot Springs are so hot they are deadly. Double Hot Springs are about 180 degrees at the source.

Double hot springs goes pretty deep.

One of the Double Hot Springs source.

The source of the Double Hot Springs are from two large springs and a series of smaller springs.

Double Hot Springs consists of several pools.

Double Hot Springs consists of several pools.

One of the main springs making up Double Hot Springs.

One of the main springs making up Double Hot Springs.

Because of the dangerous temperatures, there is a fence around the area and several signs.

The Double Hot Springs is deadly hot at 180 degrees. Not a sign you see very often.

The Double Hot Springs is deadly hot at 180 degrees. Not a sign you see very often.

The water from the springs drain out into a small creek.

A view of the Double Hot Springs.

A view of the Double Hot Springs.

The soaking pool is next to the small creek.

Soaking tub at Double Hot Springs. The water next to it is still exceeding hot.

Soaking tub at Double Hot Springs. The water next to it is still exceeding hot.

We wanted to camp at the Black Rock Hot Springs, so we only stayed at the Double Hot Springs long enough take pictures.

Sign about the Applegate Pioneer Trail.

Sign about the Applegate Pioneer Trail.

There was a group camping in the area, but no one was home while we were there.

People camping at Double Hot Springs.

People camping at Double Hot Springs.

Across from the Double Hot Springs was another hot seep that is also very dangerous.

A marshy area near Double Hot Springs. A hot seep area to avoid. The sign is no longer posted.

A marshy area near Double Hot Springs. A hot seep area to avoid. The sign is no longer posted.

We left for the Black Rock Hot Springs.

 

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