Bagby Hot Springs Trail

EASY 70 reviews
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Bagby Hot Springs Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ripplebrook, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

over grown

rocky

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).

hiking
15 days ago

Went on a Thursday late morning. Hike was beautiful and easy. The springs had only a few other people there. Tubs were kind of gross and I wish I’d had water shoes, but we still enjoyed it. The ranger at the trailhead told us to keep going a half mile to a waterfall, which we did after the springs and I’m sooo glad we did. Just a smaller fall with a small pool. The water was freezing but we had so much fun hanging out there.

20 days ago

We do this hike every year, always go early in the AM to avoid people. The hike is easy and a beautiful walk. We have taken our kids as young as 3 and they walked the whole way there and back.

backpacking
27 days ago

March 2nd, don't go if you don't have Chains and a high undercarriage. several cars left stranded. The trail is covered in snow, beautiful, peaceful and just a perfect hike. Trekking poles are useful in the snow. we were the first to the tubs today. water was scolding hot! luckily my hiking gal pal is a mountain woman and shuvled snow and ice into the open air, 8 person tub to cool it off. The birds have clearly been handfed, remember "don't feed the wildlife!" Bagby is old, it is showing it's age. Folks are clearly not 100% of the time packing out. That ruines it for others. Leave no trace! Anyone looking to make a difference and a buck, take bags with you to haul out bottles and cans. bring flip flops to protect your feet!

hiking
28 days ago

They are incredibly popular and do not always attract the most appealing people. That said it is a pleasant little walk with neat spring fed tubs at the destination. I always preferred hiking in when the area is closed due to snow. Otherwise even in the middle of the night, it could be pretty crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

You pay 5.00 a person at the parking area, so take cash. You have vault toilet options, the parking areas ones are cleaner:) you walk 1.5 miles with the last leg uphill, you can then join the public pools or wait for a spot to get in or you can wait up to 45min or longer to get in a private log, which holds two plump adults nicely:) take towels and swim gear and plenty of water! No booze no smoking! Kid friendly, lots of dogs! Please be responsible of trash!!!!!!!! Pack it in, pack it out! Have a great time!

2 months ago

Awesome trail. Had to wait about 45 minutes for the hot spring but was worth it. Also note we went during the fall and there seemed to be less "party goers".

2 months ago

The Bagby hot springs are best described by the pile of strawberry mixed drink vomit that we had to avoid on the trail. 5 Star out and back trail with a -3 Stars for the hepatitis tubs.

2 months ago

Trail is gorgeous. Hot springs are not. Trash everywhere, graffiti, broken glass, etc. We were there mid week and saw three or four other parties in the afternoon heading up there but no line. April 23, 2018. We were very glad we had set low expectations going in because upon seeing the conditions of the springs you could not have paid me to get into them. Vomit on the trail to boot. Three star rating for the hike, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, hygienic soak, this may not be the dream spot you have in mind.

5 months ago

great trail. was there today, sunny and a little chilly. amazing and beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Figured it was a Friday and most people would be at work - wrong. It hadn't snowed enough, so the roads were accessible and in good enough condition for anyone to get to. I was in a 4runner, though there were icy spots, it wasn't necessary to have 4wd. Hike was beautiful, as always, but waited over an hour for a tub... As I was leaving (around 2pm) a large group of about 10 people was hiking up the last part of the trail, with 3-4 more groups on the trail. Popular for a good reason, but I still have not found the perfect, quiet time to go.

Rated 3 due to crowd size.

hiking
6 months ago

has it been snowed out yet? its at its most peaceful when the roads closed down and you have to walk 5 miles in! and thanks for the heads up on the plugs kasey!

7 months ago

Was there last Saturday, trail is good. Roads were icy near the rivers. Bring something to plug the tub drains.

hiking
9 months ago

If you hike this during the summer months you'll definitely have to wait in line.

hiking
9 months ago

For this discussion, I will say there are two types of hikers at this location. The day hiker and the night hiker, the night hikers can be volatile. I am not saying this is everyone, but they are there to party. Some drink, smoke marijuana, and some do both.
However, this most important rule I live by. There are hippies in Oregon and the last person to use that tub may have been his/her first bath in months. There are cleaning brushes there. So, clean the tub before using them. I have been there many times, 1984 to 2009.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike in an out. Didn't get into the spring tubs but really enjoyed the vistas while we hiked along the river.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike but the tubs were anticlimactic. Not all tubs have plugs, good luck.

hiking
11 months ago

enchanting trail. hot springs a definite treat!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice easy hike. The hot springs at the top are very relaxing. Early spring/late winter when the snow is still on the ground is my favorite time for this hike.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

been going to bagbe for over 20years. I prefer late fall and winter. cold clear nights, and not many people if any. high possibility of seeing naked folk, so keep that in mind.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Went on a random Tuesday afternoon and took the dogs. Nice easy trail and no waiting for a tub!

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Way too many people but that was my fault for going up on Memorial Day. Kind of a let down compared to having terwilager hot springs all to myself.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

soaking in the tub is fun but I wish the hike was longer.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

ABSOLUTELY the best hike of my life. Gorgeous green & lush! The springs are amazing.. so beautiful. Can't wait to go again!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

magic pure magic , don't forget you biodegradable glitter to throw on the glitter stump!

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

can't use words to explain how much I love this place. I go at least 3 times a year!

walking
Monday, March 20, 2017

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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, June 09, 2014

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.

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