Bagby Hot Springs Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This hike goes through one of the last stands of Old Growth Forest in Oregon, along windy ridges, through burned out slopes, across talus rubble fields, and past serene blue lakes. Connects Bagby Trail (544) to Twin Lakes Trail (573) to Mother Lode Trail (558) and Pansy Lake (551).
can't use words to explain how much I love this place. I go at least 3 times a year!
I go for the hot springs, but definitely not a hard hike. The view off the bridge is amazing :) Only thing is sometimes there is heavy traffic and all the tubs are full so you have to wait for one.
The hike is beautiful and mostly easy going until the last bit closer to the springs, which is particularly steep. Abandoned camp grounds surrounding hot springs facilities, which are nifty but boarded up, most of the time. A cool water well accessible to add to private wooden baths area. Also large communal pools/wooden circular tubs. Going near snowy time is invigorating and beautiful but treacherous/icy especially over bridges/steep areas. Also advisable to have a higher clearance of undercarriage for car to handle snowy roads/tracks going in. I know the trail keeps going past the hot springs to a campground but I've never been.
Hot springs are always nice. This place had changed a lot in the pass years. $5 per person but at least no more broken glass in the parking lot.
I did the trail all the way out to twin lakes turnoff. It is very pretty the entire way. The path gets a little sketchy about 6 miles in all the way to silver king lake turnoff. Which by the way if you like salamanders in a mecca of sorts for the aquatic lizard. The path changes to eastern oregon type terrain as soon as you crest the ridge by silver king mountain. The biggest pluses to this hike is that after the hot springs the trail is essentially yours, And of course on the way back a stop at the hot springs makes everything better. If you are overnighting ask the Bagby person where to park and they usually have some safer spots ready by their camp. The Hot springs are way better then they were now that there is someone there cleaning up regularly. Just remember to pay at the trailhead.
Our family visited a few years back and found it a fun adventure. However, we haven't been back as we didn't care for the crowds which were not especially family friendly and we're not respectful stewards of the land... Lots of trash and mis use. Too bad.
It's very crowded. The hot springs are cool, and the trail is very well-kept, but there are only a fair amount of cool things to see en route to the springs. It seems more touristy walk than hike, but is worth checking-out if you're in the area.
It's limited as to when you can actually get to the trailhead, if you're not in a truck with four wheel drive. Sometimes, even then, the forest roads are impassible. It took three trips before I eventually made it. It was absolutely worth it, though. The trail is very well maintained and quite easy. The tubs are fantastic. I've heard that as of recently, a new management company has taken over maintenance. I need to get back and see whether there have been any improvements.
My most favorite place In oregon! Bring candles warm clothes and some trash bags to help pick up the leftovers from others. Grapes are a wonderful treat and you feel like a Greek god! I'd also suggest using some eucalyptus oil or tea tree to disinfect the tubs in a eco friendly way.
The hike was nice and short and the hot springs were divine!