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Hands down the best hot spring on public lands we have been. Made a short video of the hike if anyone is interested. https://practicalvagabonds.com/goldbug-hot-springs/

Super fun trail. It’s longer than 3.5 miles though. GPS said 2.6 to the top. All the same it’s worth every step. Hot springs at the top are excellent. We went on a Tuesday morning and there was only one other couple up top. Definitely worth the time.

Awesome. Would definitely do again. The only downside is that it’s pretty busy. Go as early as you can or during the week when most people can’t go. It’s beautiful though and the hot springs are great! You have to go!

Beautiful hot springs! The last stretch up to the springs is a bit tough, but worth it.

Awesome trail. Strenuous at the end but totally worth it! There weren’t a ton of people but they were all hangin meat.

I was thoroughly surprised by this hike. Pretty easy route overall, but the last segment can be a bit of a gut check due to the steep climb to the springs. Most of the hike is high desert, but ends in a beautiful, forested area. The springs are fantastic with warm and cold sections to bathe in, and very photogenic waterfalls. Swim suits are definitely optional here. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.

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2 months ago

The pools are very well developed. Someone had moved rocks which kept the pools cool unfortunately. Was verbally accosted by a curmudgeon with 3 dogs. He had issue with my making hot cocoa before we hiked up. Self-appointed authority... Busy, even on a Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Amazing! Kid Friendly, there is some nudity if that might bother you, but I'd say it's the exception rather than the rule. 100% worth the trip and the hike. There are several pools to try and some hotter than others. We took my 1 year old and did fine, amd we found some cooler pool areas save for her to be in.

It was lovely the whole way there. The last quarter mile or so was a little steep, but other than that it was great. I’ve been there in March, and again in August. Absolutely beautiful both times. Lots of wild flowers in August..... and naked people.


It was a beautiful hike, we went early in the morning so we wouldn’t run into traffic. The pools are perfect, great way to spend a free day!

Beautiful loved the whole day. Next time will spend the night.

Great hike, so rad when you get to the hot springs. Beast of a last climb, but so worth it. Pools are almost as hot as a hot tub! Refreshing & rejuvenating. Camping spots along the way, & better spots above the hot pools.

Spectacular trail. Follows raging creek up the hill to falls and beautiful hot springs.

my absolute favorite spot in the world, great hot springs, trail isn't too hard just steep in the beginning and very end....

Nice hike. Good weather, a few nude people. It was fun.

Good trail. Amazing view and hot springs at the top.

It was a really beautiful hike! The hot springs are absolutely surreal. It was snowing when we went, so it was pretty magical. On our way back, it got pretty dark, but the moonlight and stars illuminated the mountain range - it was incredible!

beautiful view

Unless you're carrying a full pack for overnight, it's a pretty easy hike. I made the hike at a quick pace without stopping. At the top you are rewarded with the most scenic soak of your life, and if you're feeling adventurous, you can make your own trail and continue up for an even better view. Many people camp on this trail and it's a good spot for it, though camping is banned in the near vicinity of the hot springs themselves.

Trail is in good condition and the hot springs is a nice destination. It you really want, I think you can hike beyond the hot spring.

Friday, September 22, 2017

I absolutely loved this hike! Most of it was relatively easy just the last maybe half mile was steeper. Beautiful view as well.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Really enjoyed it, not too difficult, hardest part was the last half mile. Sat in the hot springs very nice reward.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sharkey Hot Springs is closed every Wednesday morning for its weekly cleaning and maintenance.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Awesome hike! The first portion was beautiful hiking between the mountains. At the end there's a pretty steep incline but our 3 and 6 year olds were able to do it! The springs were a beyond fantastic reward after a fun hike!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great hike!

fun hike

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Short hike and beautiful view from the springs!

We made the little over three hour drive from Idaho Falls. We got to the TH about 10:30am and had our six year and nine year old boy with us. The trail was somewhat steep to begin with and than even out quite a bit. The last half mile was very steep and rocky. We struggled lol but, took lots of breaks and continued up. The last half mile was by far the most difficult part of the hike but, were not super experienced or in that good of shape. When we got to the pools is took us 1 1/2 hours-2 hours with lots of breaks. The pools were so beautiful. My kids loved them. They ranged from very hot, cold and warm in that order. My kids played for a few hours and we headed out. Lots of fun. BTW most of the hikers that day really struggled at the end... so if you think your gonna die before you get to the pool your not the only one!;)

Went 4 days ago. Loved the springs, would need to stop often if I brought my 5 & 10 year old along. Totally worth it. We went at 6am, the view was amazing.

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