Three Forks Hot Springs is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jordan Valley, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Loop





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The starting point is a confluence of three spectacular tributaries of the Owyhee River, the North, Middle and Main forks. Beyond here lies one of the top five hot springs in Oregon, where you sit beneath a waterfall right beside the lazy river. The primary route into the hot springs is a 3-mile four-wheel drive route that is best enjoyed by walking to take in the dramatic Three Forks Dome and the jagged canyon below. From the camp spot, walk east along the road for a half mile and cross the bridge over the North Fork Owyhee. Walk another quarter mile, following the fork to the right, and ford the Middle Fork. Continue uphill for three-quarters of a mile to junction and gate, head right toward the canyon. For the next 1.5 miles, the route will skirt the edge of the canyon rim with the river below and to your right. Descend into the canyon and head downriver, where you will see the springs on the other side. Be cautious in fording the river to the inviting pools. This hike makes a great loop if you want to float the final two miles down river to the boat launch.

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