Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salmon, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
921 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

hot springs

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

20 hours ago

Great hike!

fun hike

5 days ago

Short hike and beautiful view from the springs!

21 days ago

We made the little over three hour drive from Idaho Falls. We got to the TH about 10:30am and had our six year and nine year old boy with us. The trail was somewhat steep to begin with and than even out quite a bit. The last half mile was very steep and rocky. We struggled lol but, took lots of breaks and continued up. The last half mile was by far the most difficult part of the hike but, were not super experienced or in that good of shape. When we got to the pools is took us 1 1/2 hours-2 hours with lots of breaks. The pools were so beautiful. My kids loved them. They ranged from very hot, cold and warm in that order. My kids played for a few hours and we headed out. Lots of fun. BTW most of the hikers that day really struggled at the end... so if you think your gonna die before you get to the pool your not the only one!;)

29 days ago

Went 4 days ago. Loved the springs, would need to stop often if I brought my 5 & 10 year old along. Totally worth it. We went at 6am, the view was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of my new favorite hot springs! Easy to find and a short jaunt to the pools. The initial trail is steep, evens out, then a good climb up to the pools. A few little camp spots about a mile in but right next to the trail. 3 different temperature pools, waterfall was gorgeous and relaxing to sit under while soaking. We saw a few snakes, but easy to avoid and let them go on their way. Enjoy!

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1 month ago

We loved this hike. We took three of our kids with us. The youngest is 6 and he made it the whole way. The pools definitely made it worth it for him. Pretty steep at the top but worth the hike.

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2 months ago

Really not a hard hike for those who are in good shape. It took my 2 friends and myself just over a half hour to get up. We trail ran most of the way back down and it took 15ish min. The hot springs are super nice! (Best pool in my opinion is the first one you come across on the trail.)

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Steep at the end but the views are worth it! Relax at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail, only peak is near the end of trail but then you get to relax in the springs. hike back is easy.

3 months ago