Bagby Hot Springs Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, OR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This hike goes through one of the last stands of Old Growth Forest in Oregon, along windy ridges, through burned out slopes, across talus rubble fields, and past serene blue lakes. Connects Bagby Trail (544) to Twin Lakes Trail (573) to Mother Lode Trail (558) and Pansy Lake (551).
The hike is beautiful and mostly easy going until the last bit closer to the springs, which is particularly steep. Abandoned camp grounds surrounding hot springs facilities, which are nifty but boarded up, most of the time. A cool water well accessible to add to private wooden baths area. Also large communal pools/wooden circular tubs. Going near snowy time is invigorating and beautiful but treacherous/icy especially over bridges/steep areas. Also advisable to have a higher clearance of undercarriage for car to handle snowy roads/tracks going in. I know the trail keeps going past the hot springs to a campground but I've never been.
Hot springs are always nice. This place had changed a lot in the pass years. $5 per person but at least no more broken glass in the parking lot.
I did the trail all the way out to twin lakes turnoff. It is very pretty the entire way. The path gets a little sketchy about 6 miles in all the way to silver king lake turnoff. Which by the way if you like salamanders in a mecca of sorts for the aquatic lizard. The path changes to eastern oregon type terrain as soon as you crest the ridge by silver king mountain. The biggest pluses to this hike is that after the hot springs the trail is essentially yours, And of course on the way back a stop at the hot springs makes everything better. If you are overnighting ask the Bagby person where to park and they usually have some safer spots ready by their camp. The Hot springs are way better then they were now that there is someone there cleaning up regularly. Just remember to pay at the trailhead.
Our family visited a few years back and found it a fun adventure. However, we haven't been back as we didn't care for the crowds which were not especially family friendly and we're not respectful stewards of the land... Lots of trash and mis use. Too bad.
It's very crowded. The hot springs are cool, and the trail is very well-kept, but there are only a fair amount of cool things to see en route to the springs. It seems more touristy walk than hike, but is worth checking-out if you're in the area.
It's limited as to when you can actually get to the trailhead, if you're not in a truck with four wheel drive. Sometimes, even then, the forest roads are impassible. It took three trips before I eventually made it. It was absolutely worth it, though. The trail is very well maintained and quite easy. The tubs are fantastic. I've heard that as of recently, a new management company has taken over maintenance. I need to get back and see whether there have been any improvements.
My most favorite place In oregon! Bring candles warm clothes and some trash bags to help pick up the leftovers from others. Grapes are a wonderful treat and you feel like a Greek god! I'd also suggest using some eucalyptus oil or tea tree to disinfect the tubs in a eco friendly way.
The hike was nice and short and the hot springs were divine!
It was a nice easy trail, alittle crowded at the Hot springs and I in need a little bit of repair, The river is just beautiful and if you get down to it enjoy it!
This is my favorite hike. Really love it in the summer time.
My first time back to Bagby since they took out the original tubs. What a pitty the new cedar tubs are just not the same. When we first showed up the place was pretty well full so we hiked up a short way further and checked out the small waterfall. By the time we came back the last guy was leaving and we had the whole place to ourselves. Drained the big tub and refilled it. Had a great time. Shot some video check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSMGbPX9_Mg
I took the Bagby Hot Springs trail from a southern entrence by Elk lake( above detroit). I took National forest Hwy 46 (from hwy 22), left on 4696, and another left on 4697 from here the road get worse as you go up to the lake( AWD,4x4 or a vehicle with clearance is required) . There are two trail heads once you reach the lake, the first will take you on a lower route and is a easy hike for a good share of the way in, it does connect to the Bagby Hot springs trial and goes around steep climb on the other tail head. The wife and I took this trail to twin lakes, it is a much longer longer hike, as we hope to aviod the steep switch backs. However the trade off was a slow but steady climb up to the lakes. We perfer the other tail head(bagby entrance) that starts out with a steep switch backs up Battle Axe Mountain. Once to the top, you can find snow melt ponds, a small seasonal grassy meadow( fills up with water winter/spring drain and dries in summer fall) that makes for great star gazing. The hike is all down hill to the twin lakes. The tail is blocked by many downed trees, so be prepared to climb over them.
Definitely an easy hike. The water is amazing, the bathhouses are a little dirty with lots of garbage around, but it is getting cleaned up by October 2010. Job Corp is doing a renovation/restoration and it will be neat to check out when complete. Go mid-week to avoid crowds. Really a fun thing to do!