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great views, and clear paths - gets a little steep toward the spring - be sure to bring water!

Came here on a weekday evening and had the whole place to our own. The hike up was short(ish) and the views were excellent!

superb moment, rare!

nice capper after several days hiking and camping. only occasionally visited by locals. great opportunity to soak tired muscles at the end of a great week of lugging packs. PAY THE $3 FEE, you cheapskates!!!

This is a trail that anyone can enjoy. It's got tiny bit of a workout, but is mostly a pleasant stroll. The hot springs are special and I could see spending a couple hours trying out different pools. My experience was sadly somewhat marred by a bully from a nearby town who arrived at the parking lot with some Gatorade drinking children. He grumbled about my dog and told me I should go back to where I came from adding that it was his land. I followed the rule on the sign and my well behaved dog was on a leash, but his menacing persisted and he was very agitated by the time we arrived at the springs.

if you consider walking 10 yards from a parking a "hike", you're in for a real treat.

easily one of the most beautiful spots on earth. the hike can be a little strenuous in hot weather but the terrain isn’t bad at all. totally worth it

easily one of the most beautiful spots on earth. the hike can be a little strenuous in hot weather but the terrain isn’t bad at all. totally worth it

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rocky
1 month ago

great little hot spring nestled up in a canyon, fair amount of traffic and the trail was fairly easy. little steep about 3/4 through. not much flat ground once at the hot springs, trees for hammocks and a couple hidden campsites a 100 yards up. measured two and a half miles on the gps on the way out.

The hike: Fairly challenging in some parts, but the payoff is well worth it. It begins with a few switchbacks and then flattens out for a good while. The last quarter mile or so, shortly after you cross the second bridge, is pretty steep and has a lot of loose rock. When you hit the stairs, you’re almost there. It took us 50 minutes to get up and 35-40 to get down. There are some camp sites along the trail as well as above the springs. The pools: Beautiful crystal clear water at a variety of temperatures. I’d recommend going early in the morning to beat the crowds, and also bringing a pair of water shoes/extra sandals as the rocks can be slippery.

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no shade
private property
rocky
1 month ago

It was a great experience to be in a hot springs

Trail sucks but the top is worth it

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private property
rocky
1 month ago

July 4. Lovely hike. Began trail around 9:45 a.m. and there were only 3 people when we arrived (lucky us)! On the way down (noon) we encounter about 25 people headed up to the springs. There is a bathroom at the beginning of the trail; it’s clean, spacious, AND has rolling toilet paper. Dirt and rocky trail. Camping spots in the valley south (right) of the trail are flat and likely the preferred spots. There is some shade along the hike but not a lot. If you’re not accustomed to the elevation of the area, you’ll likely have to move at a slower pace. No problem though. The end is worth it! The pools are lovely and, surprisingly, deeper than most hot springs. Temperatures vary but both of the ones we tried were comfortable. Garmin tells me it took us 57 min (2.1 miles) to make it up and decide on the pool we wanted to enjoy with approximately 900+ ft elevation gain. It was 45 min for 1.85 miles from the pool to the trailhead.

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private property
rocky
1 month ago

Goldbug never gets old though it is wayyyy too busy now. Don’t go in the middle of spring because the big pool is cold then!

Such a great spot!!

There are definitely some steep sections of this hike that aren’t for the faint of heart, but what is waiting at the top is well worth it. The trail is next to a stream nearly the entire way, and varies between sagebrush and pine trees. The hot springs are some of the best I have visited, and there are plenty of great camping spots along the way. I absolutely recommend this to everyone.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

Just the right length (60-90min) and difficulty as you gradually get higher in elevation. The narrow trail winds through the sage brush and is mostly exposed with lots of insects, though they’re not of the biting variety (flies, grasshoppers, little butterlies). There are some snakes on the trail but they’re mostly not dangerous, but I did come across a rattler in the very beginning at the top of where the steep trail cuts the switchback. Just be sure to look and listen. The hot springs themselves are awesome and the view is spectacular. One of my favorite spots for a day hike.

Best Birthday Hike Ever!!

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rocky
3 months ago

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no shade
4 months ago

We only did a mile and 1/2 as we started really late so can't rate the whole trail. it is a narrow path but easy to follow. We had our dog off leash and there was cactus in the beginning but less so as we went along. My dog did not get cactus in her feet but I worried anyway. the cactus was very low to the ground and not easy to see. Views of Salmon and some pretty snow capped mountains. Close to town and we ran into only 1 other hiker at 8:30 in the evening.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful Weekend! Hiked up, in the dark Friday night! It was very easy, and took under an hour. Since I had never been, we were unsure of where the camping spots would be at the top near the Springs. If you hike to the top, cross the bridge and to the Left of the Springs are numerous nice flat spots to camp! Within appropriate distance from the Hot Springs as well. We didn't see this till morning, and ended up camping on a rock at incline. ;) Still a great evening though! The weather was chilly, no snow though. The hot springs are very nice, and deeper than most I've visited. Just gorgeous, I highly recommend!

I hiked this trail on March 23, 2019. 90% of the trail was dry and snow-free, but there were small sections that were snow-covered or muddy. The snow and water didn’t affect the hike much. Aside from the few switchbacks at the start, it was flat or mildly uphill for the first 75% or so, but it was fairly steep the last 25% or so. When it got steep, there were adequate switchbacks and/or steps for safe ascent. At a moderate-to-swift pace, I’d guess this hike takes about 1 hour in and a 1/2 hour out. I hiked in the afternoon on a Saturday, so though many people were there midday, many we’re leaving about the time I arrived at the springs around 4:00 PM. There were plenty of pots to accommodate large crowds and the water temperatures varied from too hot, to as cool as you prefer.

This hike was a little rough at times but well worth it. It gets steep at the end but if you take your time it's not bad. The springs are so beautiful and the scenery is breathtaking! I would put this one on your bucket list!

This hike is very rewarding. My boyfriend and I enjoy this hike with an amazing soak. We hiked in February and it was quite fun. We ended up hiking in the dark in 12 degrees. It was actually really invigorating.

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