Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs

MODERATE 29 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.

3.3 miles 921 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

hot springs

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

2 days ago

Great hike pretty short but definitely worth comming back

hiking
1 month ago

It was definitely a great hike, I'm tempted on going camping there this time because I enjoyed it so much.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great moderate hike. Perfect weather. Be advised if you want to camp near the hot springs (after 3rd bridge), you won't get any sleep because you'll be woken up by hot springers all night (I didn't think of that when I camped there). But there are a lot of other camping spots farther away. Everyone I came across was very friendly. Gorgeous view. Pure bliss!

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect hike! We've done it twice now with our children. Beautiful scenery, not to long, and pretty clean. You need to carry out whatever you take up. There's a bathroom at the trailhead and another about half way up.

6 months ago

The hot spring that ruined all other hot springs for me

backpacking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Awesome trail, make sure you wear hiking boots!, mine saved mine a couple of times

hiking
7 months ago

very quiet and peaceful. amazing hot springs and so grateful i took the time to find it!

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Hot, kinda like hiking in the desert

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice little hike. Brought our little dog & she loved it, too. Very rocky about half the time, so wear hiking boots if you can. Started up about 10:AM, so got a bit of shade here & there. It's mostly up, then level, then up - repeat. When you get to a staircase with 27 steps followed by another with 16 steps you're about 2 minutes away. The springs are really beautiful - the whole hike is actually. Coming back down is a real pleasure. ENJOY!!

hiking
8 months ago

His was a great little trail. Beautiful view and so relaxing.. I could sit in these springs for hours

hiking
8 months ago

Probably one of my favorite hikes thus far. About a 3.5hr drive from Rexburg, ID, the drive itself was worth the trip. The directions I had caused me to miss that last turn but other than that it was pretty easy to find.

When I went, I ran into a couple headed down as soon as I started and saw another couple camping about halfway up. Other than that the trail was clear. The first section is a mildly steep switchback and right before the pools is slightly steeper too. It took about 1.5 hours to get up and the waterfalls to the pools were amazing, though not necessarily "hot." I was unable to stay long because a storm was rolling in. The run back down took about 2 minutes and the trail is well maintained so I didn't worry overly much about loose rocks messing up my pace.

Hands down a little known gem and worth many more trips to visit

hiking
8 months ago

camping
9 months ago

walking
9 months ago

Awesome great hot springs

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago