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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
3 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.

Bucketlist-worthy! The trail getting to the hot springs is relatively short and easy. Though the trail and the hot springs were heavily trafficked. The hot springs are gorgeous and well worth spending at least an hour or two there. To preserve this area, I would recommend USDA Forest Services to consider having a ranger present during operating hours to ensure visitors don't vandalize the beautifully natural area with their personable waste (feces and urine), litter (beer bottles and cans), maintain the ph levels of the hot springs.

I rated this hike at 3 stars if this is all your going to do. It's nice but not all that rewarding. You'll receive greater views and rewards by continuing further to Silver falls and Grove of the patriarchs.

Cool springs. Not literally of course. One was too hot for me to put feet in. The others were a little cooler but the Sulfur smell was strong so I didn't anyways.

Decent trail, well maintained and easy to hike on. A heads up, most of the hot springs are pretty shallow and only 1 out of the 5 is large enough for more than 3 people to comfortably use. If you want to protect your feet walking between hot springs, bring sandals with ankle straps, NO FLIP FLOPS

hiking
11 months ago

The place was amazing but some people were high and act strange. Felt uncomfortable to stay but I was happy to see this place. Lot of potholes, driving there was really unpleasant and I was worry to broke something in my new SUV. (some was really huge!!)

hiking
11 months ago

hiked here Sunday (8/20) with my 3 and 5 year old. it was a short fairly easy hike. they loved the pools. It's a nice short hike with an equally nice reward. be warned there will be naked people there. it didn't bother me nor my kids. we soaked for about an hour. pools range from hot to really really hot.

Was grueling for an intro WA hike but the fiance and I made it! tough for us flat land Floridians ;) hot springs were very warm indeed.

walking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

very easy, toddler friendly walk to the hot springs. Inside campground.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It can get crowded quickly so I recommend going early in the day. The higher the tub the cleaner and warmer it is, so try to get one of the top ones if they are open.

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