Stanley Hot Springs is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kooskia, Idaho that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length9.6 miElevation gain1,971 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingDog friendlyForestHot springsRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeBridge outMuddyWashed outOff trailNo shade
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Lynzee Lee
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HikingIcySnow

We didn’t cross the river. I would recommend bringing waders to cross. It looked about 3 feet deep and pretty fast. A few meters downstream it was a bit more shallow. We were going to try crossing on a log but thought it was a little risky.

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Ray Healy
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Hiking

The trail was great! If you are looking for a more challenging hike this one is perfect. I would recommend bringing enough to camp for the night. It is a perfect overnight spot.

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John Cramer
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Hiking

very difficult river crossing. not recomended unless you are equipped to cross the river.

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Jennifer Puckett
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Hiking

Nice hike, steady incline. Hot Springs were nice and warm. Had to scramble over logs to cross the creek.

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Dov Dougherty
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Hiking

Great trail and worth it for the hot springs. Nice creek crossing to get there so I’d bring water shoes

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Jerrmaine Treadwell
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BackpackingGreat!

Fall colors starting up, definitely a steep climb at first, then flattens out as you go on. Hot springs are my second favorite, great temperatures, no sulfur smell, very natural feeling

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Stephen Goodwin
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Donson Cook-Gallardo
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HikingGreat!
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Stephen Bartlett
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HikingGreat!

Arrived at the trailhead at 9 this morning. Beautiful day and a little cold still heading up, which made the hot springs even better to get into. The hike up was beautiful and a great workout for the legs. Had the hot springs to myself for the maybe two hours I was up there. The only other people on the trail that day was a couple I met in the way down. Hotter on the way down, but felt Great after relaxing up there a bit. Water was awesome, with beautiful views.

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AllTrails User
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Great hike. Beautiful hot springs big pools. busy up there had to share the pools with 10 to 14 other people at times. there is room for that many people

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Justin Pitcher
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Nate Stickney
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Hiking

P2 and I did this on Thursday, 9/10, and had the hot springs to ourselves. The trail is up on the way in -- a good workout -- but a pleasant downhill on the way out. As you can see on the map, walking along the ridge you do get some southern-exposed sides, which are hot and dry in the summer. But you're quickly back into shade. There are good campsites near the springs, as well as just down the hill when you get to the creek.

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James Roy
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Hiking

Went to this place almost two weeks ago . If your coming from Lewiston it will take a hot minute but with it at the end. Trail was easy to walk on. Lastly, be prepared to jump over some mud puddles!

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Emily Nightingale
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

I love coming here every year! There were thimbleberries to eat the entire way up. It helped keep us motivated. I just went July 24th and it is pretty hot. The river crossing is pretty easy if you go to the more upstream side. You can get across by walking over the logs. My 50lb lab mix had no problem jumping and walking across the logs, and she is a big wimp. It is pretty buggy right now, but with some bug spray we came out okay. The pools are so relaxing, especially after that hike! Remember to hang your food or put it in a bear keg. If you leave any scraps out the shrews are sure to get them!

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Joey Travis
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HikingBridge outOver grown
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Halle Choi
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Hiking

Visited in April this year, the creek is easier to cross in October. Go figure. If you head upstream of the main crossing there is an extensive log bridge system I slid across on my behind though I did still have to cross a brief portion of briskly moving ice cold stream in the middle. I saw one hiker cross the whole stream by wading straight through and keeping her balance with hiking poles. That might be the easier way to go next time. Despite the super cold stream, hiking this trail in April was HOT. Trail was exposed and sunny, it might have been a good time to check out some of the lakes further back on the trail if I had time. Saw a couple ticks but no mosquitos. Plenty of hot pools and tent sites.

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Rachael Rossbach
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HikingBridge outBugsMuddyNo shadeRocky

This is on the top of my list of Favorite Hikes! Beautiful, challenging, diverse terrain and great hot springs! Definitely Hard. Intense uphill the first quarter of the hike. I’d recommend setting out early or late, as there is very little shade along the cliff section. You have to cross two sections of river at the end of the hike- one of which is very deep with a strong current and 30ft across. Dangerous. Trekking poles or sticks strongly recommended! I’m 5’9 and the water was up to my hips, and very cold. Not sure how shorter people would fare! Last section of the trail was very muddy. LOTS of flies by the hot springs. There is one pool that is pretty clean and a nice temperature, but the rest of the pools are filled with algae and either too hot or too cool. There were about four other groups there with us, and a group with dogs that dug up one of the campsites pretty bad- if you go with animals please make sure they leave-no-trace! Use established trails and don’t trample the delicate undergrowth.

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Karina Beall
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HikingBridge outMuddy

This was one of my favorite all time hikes! Getting there was definitely hard. There were 2 places we had to cross the river. We had to carry the dogs at one point. The spring have several pools but 3 are pretty hot. There are 3 large pools with perfect temperatures. Lots of camping spots. We backpacked in and stayed 2 nights, wish we could have stayed longer! Absolutely one of my all time favorite hikes. Saw huckleberries along the trail! They are still pretty green though. Hope to do this one again in a couple months.

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Levi Dalnes
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Hiking

Great hike. This was the first AllTrails hike I have done. I was hoping to get to the hotsprings, but could not get past the creek with the spring runoff. Maybe others know a spot to cross at this time of year? Most the uphill is in the first mile. Once you get past that it's not so bad. Im not in any crazy good shape but wanted to see how fast I could get to the crossing at a moderate / fast hike. Took 1 hour 41 minutes. I gave it a 4 star considering I couldn't make it to the hotsprings.

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Joe Tingstad
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

03/17 - Road up to trail snowy, add about a mile round trip if you don’t have a lifted 4x4. We parked out by the turn off and walked to the trailhead, most of the trail is covered in snow. Didn’t need snowshoes but had the occasional post hole. River crossing was manageable but as more snow melts will get more difficult. Had a great time!

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