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Started at Redfish heading counterclockwise, I'd recommend if you're trying to knock out some miles. The trail was rather boring for a while though. From a views standpoint grandjean on was great. If I did again I'd try to nix the leg from red fish to Stanley to grandjean it just felt like miles.

Quick hike to the springs. A little buggy, but worth it for a dip.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hot springs. We hiked with our 6 kids ranging from 1-12 years old. Hot springs are 0.6 miles from parking lot according to my GPS.
Take the trail down to the river. When you get right next to the river look to the steep slope to your right. You will see some hot spring pools up high (we missed these until we were headed back to the car). These pools are pretty hot.
If you wade through the river around the bend you will find more pools that are prefect temperature and where you will find the waterfall.
I was a little disappointed to see tarps used to create the pools. I understand why they are used but they take away from the visual of the spot.
Overall all great little hike, beautiful scenery and nice hot springs. We’ll be back!

fun little trek. be prepared for lots of people, but if you get there early and spend the day exploring and soaking.

I started clock-wise out of Grandjean, wanting to do the northern-most loop. The hike was fantastic! Very scenic and lots of solitude. The three creek crossings were impossible to do without getting wet. There are logs, but they were partially submerged (and very slippery). I just put on my water shoes and braved the numbingly cold water! At about 4 miles, right after the sign to Trail Creek Lakes/Stanley Lake, I completely lost the trail due to downed trees. I spent about 1.5 hours trying to pick the trail back up, then just going cross country. I never did locate the trail, and when a thunderstorm rolled in, with hail, while I was on top of a rocky ridge, I hot-footed it back down. I returned to Grandjean campground and later that evening, did 5 miles going the opposite direction on the loop, along Baron Creek. Beautiful views and pretty level. I'll be back!

Very short, simple hike along the river from the camping parking lot. $5 day pass. The only tricky thing to navigate was climbing the slick rocks to reach different pools. The water was perfect temperature for soaking on a drizzly day last weekend. The drive from Boise is scenic and also worth a trip!

I snowshoed in to the hot springs in February. There was a lot of snow, but the trail was packed down hard enough that just boots were enough to walk sturdily. Its an easy, scenic trail with a few pools for soaking that are always less crowded than the nearby Kirkham Hot Springs, which is right off of Highway 21. Definitely worth checking out, especially in the winter.

Nice Spot , Becky Z is an Idiot !!!!!!

So relaxing to be able soak with a perfect view of the mountains and some snow falling .

Light hike. Springs are nice but not the best I’ve been to in this area.

camping
6 months ago

Did portions of the loop starting at Grandjean and went clockwise heading toward Stanley Lake then to Redfish Lake and cut over the pass to the Baron Lakes and Alpine Lake. Overall did about 32 miles in three days. Lots of tree fall along the trail especially at the pass at Baron Lake to get back to Grandjean TH, also lots of snowfields, and rock slide that obscured the trail coming down off the pass at Upper Baron Lake. But the views were stunning and awe inspiring. Definitely a hike to do if you have 3-5 days. Plenty of cold clear water everywhere along the trails we took, so bring those Aquatabs and Sawyer straws, no need to buy it in Stanley.

We were camping at pine flats 10/7/17&10/8/17. The park is walk up only meaning it’s open but not maintained. We double checked with the ranger station and they confirmed it was open, just not maintained (no trash collection, water, toilet paper).

Have been twice this summer, no sign of closure, everything's been clean and in great shape both times

Thursday, June 01, 2017

CLOSED! fire last year, USFS has closed the area with a $150 fine for entering.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty easy to find... even though I got lost. I tried following the map vs. the heavily worn trail... just keep walking and the trail will run into the first hot spring. The pools are made by various people stacking rocks. They're not permanent structures, so the locations can move. The first tub was the perfect hot tub temperature. The second could have hard boiled an egg. I've been to a lot of different hot springs, but never one overlooking a river. Pretty amazing spot. One of the prior reviews said he had to wade in the river... my guess is that was when the river was much, much lower. The pools we found were up on the cliff.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beautiful ! Love the waterfalls .
Can get super crowded.

on Kirkham Hot Springs

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nice break from driving. A bit crowded even in September.

on Kirkham Hot Springs

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nice day to relax at the hot springs

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Easy downhill to the river followed by about 50 feet of minor wading around the corner to the hot spring. About 10 feet past the hot spring, you can climb up and get about a six foot jump into the river. The hot/cold contrast is perfect any day.

backpacking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gotta get in the river on the side as you bend around to get to the springs but it's all worth it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

One of the best hot springs in Idaho.

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lovely short hike. A little treacherous to get to the main pool around the bend/over the top... Well worth it!!

walking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

This is a beautiful spring located in a very nice campground along the Banks-Lowman highway. It is a short walk down to the river and a little bouldering to get to the good stuff. Early morning in the spring and fall is the best time to check it out. This spring is very popular. Remember to pack out all garbage and keep this area beautiful for future generations!

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

lovely soak

on Grand Sawtooths Loop

hiking
Friday, November 23, 2012

I completed 40 out of the 63 mile loop. This was an epic hike. The only crowds were around Sawtooth Lake; otherwise I was by myself the entire time. August is a great month to hike this trail. Warm weather overall, with some afternoon rain, thunder and lightning storms. The trails are well-marked. The topography was absolutely beautiful with high jagged peaks, tall trees, clear lakes, and rushing rivers. Plenty of water was available on the trail. I will definitely be back! I fell in love with Idaho because of the Sawtooth Mountains!

Great book for reference: Backpacking Idaho by Douglas Lorain

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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