Travertine Hot Spring, near Bridgeport, CA

Travertine Hot Spring is named for the travertine type limestone that is deposited by the thermal water source. From the small pool near the parking lot, a trail leads up onto a long tufa ridge which is split open as if cut with a knife, possibly to the fiery core of the earth. Water erupts at the sculpted terminus of the ridge and collects in several cascading pools of various temperatures. If for no other reason than to see the geologic oddity of the area and the grand views of the Sierras, take some time to walk around here and look for the other pools that pop up in the area to the west. You may be rewarded with some quiet time to reflect on where you are.

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