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Completed 9-9-18

Highly trafficked place, many varieties of people... I went twice at night and once in the day. Seeing it in the light was so disgusting that I will never go back (and I am not a germaphobe). It is a beautiful place but it is ruined by the amount of people that flock to it. Road to hot springs is very pot holy, high clearance vehicle recommended but not needed.

We never did find the hotsprings, but the trail to the suspension bridge is very nice, with some rocky parts.

Not kid friendly at all. Nice hike in, trail does have some steep slick rocky parts

September 30 2018
Road closed.
10+ mile hike to springs from road closed gate.
We were time restricted and disappointed we couldnt do it.
Road is washed out allegedly.

A quick stroll up to the hot springs and plenty of trail to go further if you choose to keep going. We were just checking the area out on way home from another day trip. Great campground area and beautiful scenery. I only gave it 4 stars as the hot springs are not the majestic type we all think about in our minds... but it is fun to go to from standpoint of the very warm water in the middle of a forest. Visitor center was super and helpful. If you have little kids be sure to ask for the Jr Forest Ranger book as they can earn a badge from the center once they complete the activities.

Trail unsustainable, crowded parking lot. Not sure where the day use fees go. Graffiti everywhere, used tampon sitting in the middle of the hot spring. All in all nature ruined by humans.

nature trips
2 months ago

Amazing. The little hot springs are so beautiful. You can smell the sulfur from the volcano a little bit. Very interesting, short, easy loop trail from the Visitor Center, or Loop B of the Campground.

Trail is not marked except for a small sign on a tree. It's easy to go the wrong way when trying to hike down to the parking lot. Clothing is optional there so beware if you don't want to see naked people.
There are at least 9 pools each ranging from very hot to luke warm. One pool is near the river. The 4th pool up is my favorite. It has a great view of the gorge and river.
The incline on the hike is 1,000 ft long. There are rocky areas. There is hand rail on the area that has difficult footing.
I highly recommend seeing Tokepee Falls just 3 miles from the hot springs.

Easy hike to get to amazing hot springs. Just lovely.

This is now Wind Wood Rivers Camp

The St Martine family have done a beautiful job bringing their property to life again after years of over grown slumber!

The Hot Springs on the Wind River is on the St Martine’s property line and offered access to guests staying on the multiple stunning camp sites.

Go to www.hipcamp.com

Nice walk through the old forest growth. We ended at the creek, but we think the trail ends before the steep descent.

Has a cool vibe and would recommend if you are able to make the trip. It seems there can be some sketchy people in the area, but everything was fine for us. :)

Road closed can’t get there

The hot springs were built by community members. They are amazing, as is the river. There were two trails to access the hot springs - one from St Martins Resort and one from downstream of the pools. The hot springs are technically on public property but can legally only be accessed by hiking in the river itself. The adjacent land owners - the St Martin family - is trying to privatize the pools and the riverbed. They have been telling visitors that the high water mark public use rules don’t apply to them - not true. They’re turning their property into an Airbnb/camping destination; so, it makes sense that they’re trying to chase people off. I’ve heard they’re considering putting an access fee back in place, which in my opinion is the absolute best solution for everyone. Either way, the trails leading to the pools need a lot of work, and the St Martin resort across the river put in a pump house on the river that will likely cause a landslide in a few years.

Road still closed at over 4 miles before the trailhead as of 06/23/18. Signs posted say not even foot traffic permitted beyond the road closure due to rock slides and danger. $300 fine for attempting and surveillance on the area.

Love this trail! So easy, so relaxing.

the most amazing of amazings, in my opinion. it is nature at it's finest, and the people who keep it maintained do a fine job of keeping it natural. please don't bring glass up there. it really sucks to step on broken glass. and don't be afraid to speak out to the disrespectful patrons that come up there to party, and leave their trash everywhere. this is something that should be preserved for our little ones, and their little ones as well. karma works at an accelerated pace up at cougar. you don't want to test mother nature up there, because she doesn't have problems flattening your tires, (all of them) or handing you your own ass in any form that instantly gratifies her. its an old primative forrest. and it knows no boundries, especially where idiot humans are concerned. no joke. respect it

the water is almost black but it's nice and warm.

hiking
6 months ago

Late review, but was a great hike in October, 2017. Brisk but you get a workout. I wouldn’t call it super easy with the hills. The two suspension bridges were amazing. Hot springs are small and always occupied. Also clothing optional — with users expressing ZERO modesty — so watch with kids. Alcohol was definitely being imbibed out there.

I looove this place. Please pack out what you pack in.

Teensy short trail to the springs. 5-stars for the tubs--their formation and location. 3-stars for the actual hike. Straight uphill though not difficult but the trail itself was not well marked and in poor shape. Yay for toilets at the trailhead..! Thanks Oregon

You have to hike 10 miles of road just to access the official Olympic Hot Springs Trailhead. A couple miles in, the road is washed out and uncrossable (deep water). There are several re-routes around the washout. The first is a ~1/4 a mile before the bridge on the Elwha River Trail. Second is right before crossing bridge, though route is rough (steep/flooded/not official trail). The third re-route is a log crossing on the left, in between bridge and road washout. There are red/pink flags marking routes, but these can be confusing. May be difficult with heavy bikes, but doable if you’re adventurous. There were cyclists who did it while we were there. Past the reroute, the road is gradual up to the old Elwha dam. Beyond that it gets steeper and winding, with lots of trees and debris to cross over/around. When you reach the official Trailhead, the snow goes from a couple inches to up to 12’ deep in areas. Hot springs are filled with green algae, and the first 4-5 are Luke warm and shallow (less than knee deep). Get there early to get the deeper pools. Boulder Creek Campground is right there, less than .5 miles from springs, with bear wires and pit toilets. Permits required to camp and no fires/dogs allowed.

5 starts for hot spring... 3 stars for the hike, trail is in rough shape

Feb 2018 - Inaccessible at the moment due to flooding in November that wiped out the trail and both campsites.

Very short hike but it is an extremely steep uphill hike to the hot springs. The pools at the top are the hottest and they get significantly cooler as you go lower. There will be naked people. I drove up here 3 or 4 times before I actually made the hike to the hot springs. This place is always busy. I would avoid going during the weekend, holidays, or spring break. The best time to go would be early in the morning, on a weekday. I also advise that you do not leave any valuables in your car. Keep it locked and hide/cover anything worth stealing (bags, purses, etc.).

It was a gorgeous hike but pretty hard to be counted as moderate. There are railings for a tiny part but totally should be almost the whole way. And I'd suggest going early as possible if you would like to have a pool to soak in.... I also had a small child with me, so that makes it harder. :) But it was good and beautiful.

This trail is no longer accessible.

The trail is heavily trafficked and very crowded at the pools. Very happy we experienced it! Didn’t stay too long as there were so many people. Be prepared for some nudity. The top pool is the warmest and gets cooler as you go down. Did this trail early November. So it was nice and refreshing way to warm up! Definitely one for the bucket list

Three pools, medium to small in size, hot as can be and ultimately refreshing! I love coming here to meditate.

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