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John Ash reviewed Stack Rock Trail
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Started where the trail crosses the road (1 mi in) and went 1.25 mi down the trail before turning around. Nice somewhat sparse woods with views. Most of the trail was clear of snow but did have a few 100ft sections of well packed snow on the trail.

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Stan Haye reviewed Stack Rock Trail
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HikingIcy

Great hike yesterday snow on half the trail not to bad wore approach shoes

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Josh Haun reviewed Stack Rock Trail
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still about 2 ft of snow on most of the trail as of 4 Apr2021. Snowshoes preferred, but i left mine in the car.

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The quintessential Sawtooth hike. This is where one goes that wants to experience all the sawtoothiness the Sawtooths have to offer in a solid day hike. The hike itself isn't "hard." More moderate, but you do climb above 8,000 feet, and you will feel it if you're like me and come from sea level. You won't be alone on this trail, and everyone was courteous and kind, demonstrating fine trail etiquette when I hiked this on 8/1/2020. Starting earlier is better. If you want to extend yourself a bit more, veer to the right once you reach the lake and climb to the top of the divide for mind-blowing views that you'll likely have all to your own.

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Shauna Nelson reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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Nature tripsGreat!IcyMuddy

Great hike...icy and muddy but YakTracks make it a cinch... springs are hot at the top but get cooler as you go down the mountain. Worth every mile! I will be back!

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Elena Imel reviewed Stack Rock Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Did this plus the rest of the loop at the top of the trail. Trail itself is gorgeous and really fun, but the not fully packed down snow was really challenging to navigate. I’d recommend at least having micro spikes right now before it’s thawed.

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Cascade Herriott reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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Scenic driving

Beautiful hike with a gentle incline in the first half of the trail. The second half is steeper and does have a good number of loose rocks. Once you’re at the hot spring, you’re rewarded with the beautiful view and warm soak.

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Cole White reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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BackpackingMuddy

The trail is steep in parts, and there are a few small patches of ice along it's length. They won't require spikes or traction unless you're moving very quickly or recklessly- none of my group wore them and we had no problems. None of the 40 or so people we saw were wearing them, either. There are good campsites around the 1.5 mile mark, just remember not to camp within 500 feet of the springs if you choose to camp up near them! The chief issue with this hike is mud and puddles. Almost all of the snow is melted which made lots of mud on the trail- I'd suggest waterproof boots or shoes for right now.

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Matt Shingler reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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HikingGreat!IcyPrivate property

Nice trail. If you have crampons, bring em. Microspikes probably wont cut it on the early steep sections. Gorgeous payoff. FYI: Its still littering if its an orange peel or apple core. Quit being dicks.

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Michael Nolan reviewed Pioneer Cabin Trail
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Overcast and windy but beautiful up at the peak!

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Audrey Tramp reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

This is one of the top hot springs in Idaho. I was pleasantly surprised this weekend to see very little trash. We got there very early since we knew things would get busy on a Saturday. Don’t be those people who don’t come prepared. This is a HIKE. Don’t wear sneakers! Spikes are a must in the winter- yak traks typically don’t cut the mustard and they didn’t for our friends who came along. Of note, I’m extremely disappointed every time I see people not following LNT principles. The last few times I’ve gone, I’ve noticed people camping right at the hot springs. The hot springs are already heavily trafficked- the land around cannot sustain people camping right at the springs. At one point in the past I read from BLM that are you aren’t supposed to camp within 500feet of the springs which I think is pretty standard. People especially recently who don’t come prepared are cutting through the first switchbacks (sliding down or climbing up). We left around 11 am this weekend and large groups of young adults were coming up, not talking quietly and at some points whooping and yelling as they were going up the switchbacks. This kind of behavior is what will ruin things for everyone in the future. The switchbacks are on private land and it can be shut down in a blink, taking away access to this wonderful natural gem. Be smart so this place can be kept nice and open for the future!

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Breckanne Kaneen reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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pretty snowy and icey. recommend yak traks for better grip and traction. water was great and views even better.

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Chris Turner reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked 02/18/21. The trail was great. We headed up about 1100 hrs and had the springs almost to ourselves. Crampons or spikes are a necessity. Our group of adults and kids (ages ranging 12-5) was able to make it up successfully but it was very slick at the top and it took a bit of work to carry up some of the younger kids but it was well worth it.

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Hannibal User reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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HikingIcy

went out early after fresh snow. only one on the trail. ran into a man coming out (I found your nalgene at one of the bridges, I'll pack it out for you and mail it to you). bring your trekking poles and snow spikes. I'm disappointed someone stole the hitch shackle insert from my Subaru. I actually use it a lot since I travel and live in the backcountry. disappointed.

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Christi Bowman reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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FishingIcySnow

Hiked this 2/12/21. It had snowed heavily the night before, and continued to snow the duration of the day we were out there. Snowshoes not necessary, but microspikes were a must. Arrived around 2pm, only 5 or 6 other cars in the lot. Had an entire pool to ourselves. Stayed until sunset and had a fantastic time. Pleasantly surprised to see there was no trash anywhere. People are going a good job of packing out. Forgot our thermometer, so unsure of hot springs temp, but it was 12 degrees outside and we stayed very warm in the water.

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Suzanne Jacobson reviewed Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
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Hands down the most beautiful hot spring I've visited so far Just WOW #naturetherapy #idahoadventures Be careful out there! A lot of hikers heading up unprepared for the cold icy conditions. #spikes #poles #coats #gloves #water

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