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hiking
1 month ago

9/7/19. backpacked in Sat night lower trail. perfect weather. sunset. was dark by the 3rd River Crossing. all Crossings up to my knees or higher. the trail is great. could do it in my water shoes. Lots of places to camp with fire pits. not a soul around. good time of year. still drizzling next morning. took coffee to the hot springs. had it all to ourselves. it was awesome!! we left late afternoon and took the high Trail. (good if you have kids) great views with all the Mist

nature trips
3 months ago

A nice place to soak, but the pools are a bit unkept. Horseflies were really bad. Youngest son was in tears due to bites. Some pools were too hot and too shallow to soak. Main pool with the tarp dams were a good hot tub temperature. Enjoy, but bring waterproof bug spray!

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rocky
3 months ago

I had read about the trail leading up to going out because it was going to be the first backpacking trip that my husband and I had done and I wanted to be prepared so he would be willing to go again. I knew that there were 4 river crossings and I was familiar with the upper and lower trail options, but I didn't know how to get there. I was expecting the upper and lower options to be from the start but that was not the case. So if I missed it somewhere else in the explanations, you hike in for a bit on the trail and then it splits to the upper and lower trail. Then you go another mile or so until the hot springs. There is a nice log where you can take off boots and put on water shoes at the first river crossing but nothing for the rest of the crossings. We put on sandals and wore them the rest of the way in. On the hike back, we wore our boots until we got to the first crossing, switched to sandals for the crossing, and then put the boots back on after the last one. The trail wasn't too bad in sandals. The plants are trying to take over so pants are recommended.

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muddy
3 months ago

Great spot, we were the only people up there this weekend. Bring sandals if you take the lower trail, there's 4 knee-deep crossings.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is not super manicured, which was super fun. You cross the river 4 times (knee deep) on the lower trail, would recommend going lower if you have river shoes with you (you will get wet). Note to future hikers: the hot springs are further up the trail than the Skillern Creek trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Took the upper trail in and it was semi difficult. Pretty steep at times. Camped at the camping spot right before the hot springs in hammocks which was an amazing set up. The hot springs were even better than I was hoping for. If there is no water pooled up in either pond look for PVC pipe caps to close it up and they will fill within a half hour or so. We decided to take the lower trail back out and had to cross the creek several times but the hike itself was easier than the upper. Stay on the upper trail if you don't want to get wet.

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muddy
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rocky
4 months ago

This trail at least if you take the lower trail is five deep river crossings and it's a little rocky, muddy, and overgrown but all in all it is an amazing hike and beautiful view! I would not take kids down this hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

even with the low trail washed out because of the record snow/rain this year, we loved this hike and the springs. spent 2 uninterrupted hours on the 4th of July at the springs and it was so well worth the trek. beautiful change in scenery from meadow to boulder field, to riverside. lots of bull snakes but they'll leave you alone if you do the same.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

It was a good chill hike. Was a bit longer hike cause big Smokey creek was rushing so the lower trail was cut off by the creek water was to high to cross. So we had to take the higher tail which made for a good hike.. if you like hot springs give it a try you won’t be disappointed..

the water was just perfect trail was great camping was very enjoyable as well as the horse ride there

hiking
Tue Apr 08 2014

This is a very fun outing for the family! The hot springs at the end of the trail are worth every step. The trail is very narrow, and it has some steep drop-off areas, be careful with smaller children. The hike itself is easy, and i recommend staying overnight! The small stream near the campsite is perfect for keeping things cool in the summer months.

camping
Wed Feb 02 2011

No trail to be mentioned as the parking lot is only 20 yards from the hot springs, but the upper hot pools (dont recommend soaking in them 170+) is about a quarter mile walk up a small hill. Has a small vault toilet and a small campground further down the creek and across the road. Very hot water which is mixed with Worswick Creek which is very cold water in the lower "tubs". Losts of algae and the tubs keep getting "improved" but with a little effort a nice mix can be made and a very enjoyable soak can be had. No high concentrations of sulphur but can smell it occasionally. Not many people in the campground and most of them were playing in little smokey creek where the hot creeks dumps in, but found some idiot had camped right next to the pools the next morning so didnt get a morning soak which would have been good as it was lightly raining. The closest town is Fairfield about 18 miles away and the other end of the road winds up in Ketchum down warm springs road about 20 miles away.

Thu Jun 22 2006

Hike was about 3 miles on a fairly smooth trail with little elevation change. No significant river/stream crossings if you take the high trail. The hot springs is signed and a small pool enough for 2 adults is hidden below a rocky bluff between the trail and the river. There was no trash in the area around the pool and bugs weren't an issue. Overall, a most enjoyable hike and soak. GPS: 11T 0676190 4835106

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5 months ago

on Skillern Hot Springs

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

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