Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs [CLOSED]

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Salmon National Forest

Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salmon, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 958 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

hot springs

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no shade

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This is a short but challenging hike to a beautiful hot springs. The first part of the hike is on private property, so please be quiet and considerate so that the owners will continue to allow access. There is a restroom and ample parking at the trailhead. The hike begins as a straight uphill climb through sage brush. Bring lots of water and snacks and take your time. After the initial uphill the trail levels out and follows a seasonal creek. The last part of the hike is a very steep uphill to the springs themselves. This part of the hike is challenging and you will want to make sure you have plenty of water. The springs themselves are amazing! There are many different pools, some hot some cold and some with both hot and cold water coming in. This area is very popular so you will be sharing the springs with lots of other hikers, so bring a bathing suit. You can camp in the area, but you may want to camp in the flat part before the hot springs as the springs themselves are in a canyon with few flat spots.

hiking
closed
11 days ago

Amazing hike with a rewarding hot spring. One pool was extremely hot, the bigger was cold on top but standing under the warm waterfall feels amazing! Btw yes Currently, Huge sign that states closure with fines for COVID but only one other couple was up there.

hiking
closed
14 days ago

Still closed as of May 15. Sign says they’ll fine $5000 and jail time. Monitored by locals.

18 days ago

does anybody know if this trail is still closed due to covid19? I see people posting reviews recently so I thought maybe it was open again?

22 days ago

Lovely hike along the river/creek. Beautiful camp spots. Easy trail. Hot springs at top.

hiking
28 days ago

WE LOVED IT!!

hiking
closed
1 month ago

FYI: Trail is closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful experience! Water is so warm.

Closed, but still accessible. Path wasn’t muddy either

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icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Such an amazing experience! The trail is pretty mild right up till the very end. Its worth every step! Expect breath taking views and hot water to soak in!

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icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. I started it about 6:45 right as the sun was setting. The trail right now is a mix of icy, muddy, and dry. A lot of the snow is almost gone.

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icy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

This was absolutely worth the 5 hour drive from Kalispell, MT! Definitely recommend bringing yaktraks as it is mostly snow/ice packed trail. Super easy to follow trail since it seems to be frequented often. Highly recommend coming during the week if possible! Had the whole place to myself!

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icy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hot springs. 7-8 pools with different temps and waterfalls in between.

hiking
4 months ago

AMAZING. One of my favorite hikes EVER. Everybody should do this hike at least once before they die.

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icy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Hiked up to the springs this morning. The last part of the trail is steep with some icy and snowy spots, so be careful and consider using crampons. The hot springs are spectacular, and the views are wonderful during the entire hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Can be a little tough in the winter but we’ll worth it

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