Near Markleeville in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Grover Hot Springs
The hot-springs here are a by-product of similar processes – the interplay of rock and fire and ice. Water melted from winter snow seeps deep into the earth’s crust, where it comes into contact with hot rock. Heated to the boiling point, the water then percolates to the surface along a zone of weakness – a fault – which cuts across this valley. When the water emerges from the ground at a temperature of 148 degrees, it contains a variety of dissolved minerals, but little of the foul-smelling sulfur often associated with thermal springs.
For more than a century tourists have enjoyed these springs, but humans are not the only visitors here. Minerals precipitated by the cooling water create a natural salt lick, attracting deer and other wildlife. Eventually the water flows across the meadow to join Hot Springs Creek; some, evaporating, will return to the mountains as rain or snow and so begin the journey again.
Location. 38° 41.744′ N, 119° 50.635′ W. Marker is near Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker can be reached from Hot Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is located up a short trail above the pools. Marker is in this post office area: Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beautiful Hot Springs Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Log Jail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Webster School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Alpine County Historical Complex (approx. 3.3 miles away); Webster School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Alpine Hotel (approx. 3.4 miles away); Markleeville General Store (approx. 3½ miles away); Alpine County Courthouse (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Markleeville.
Regarding Grover Hot Springs. Also see nearby marker Beautiful Hot Springs Valley marker for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. Grover Hot Springs State Park. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Grover Hot Springs. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 6,230 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.