Crab Cooker Hot Springs - Hot Springs in the U.S.

Skiing or snowboarding in the winter mountains and hot springs have a high affinity; and they seem to be mutually attractive.

Mammoth Mountain

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which is located in east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a winter sports mecca known as a training ground for Olympic athletes.

Homes with a View, Mammoth Lakes, CA 5-16-17

Photo by Don Graham - Homes with a View, Mammoth Lakes, CA 5-16-17 (2017) / CC BY-SA 2.0

It is one of the skiing destinations available for longest periods in North America, which is usually open from November to June.

Nicely Oil Smell


A 30-minute drive east from the ski resort took me to the characteristic terrain of the Long Valley Caldera.

The plains are dotted with at least seven undeveloped hot springs, including Wild Willy's Hot Springs.


Club Cooker seems to me to stand out from the rest in terms of  the quality of water.

Water in the pool, which was made of rocks and cement, was yellow and opaque.

Yellowish Water

When I twisted a valve around the bottom of the pool and threw in extremely hot water, it turned out that the opaque looking was caused by the characteristic spring quality.

The source of the spring was exposed on the ground about 30 feet away from the pool.


The water temperature was nearly 158 degrees F; and as the name "Crab Cooker" suggests, you could almost boil a blue crab while soaking.

Water in the tub immediately became hot once I made it free-flowing.

I felt the volcanic oil smell remarkably.

Crab Cooker Hot Springs

As I went around the outdoor baths scattered throughout the Long Valley Caldera, I noticed something.

It was that many visitors were younger and casual, and did not look like severe hot springers.

Magnificent View

In fact, soaking in these hot springs near ski resorts are known as hot-tubbing, a leisure activity.

And it's not far from the Bay Area.

There, unwritten rules have been formed, such as closing optional, and waiting in the distance if there is a guest ahead of you.


Crab Cooker Hot Springs, Mammoth Lakes, California, U.S.


  • Style
  • Rule
    Clothing optional
  • Chlorination
  • Water Temp
    Up to 167 degrees F

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