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Basin Creek Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Summer, Fall Type: R (roadside)
Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: C-
6,100 ft Water Temperature: Varies
Stanley Area Usage Level: Moderate-High

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08.05.07: Not much to look at

08.05.07: Small pool near source

08.05.07: Near the source

07.26.05: Hot hot hot!

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General Description
Rocky user built pools that feature fluctuating temperatures with heavy silt bottoms.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
08.05.07 Light Moderate
07.26.05 Light High

Water Clarity:


None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer

Seasonal Notes
Pools submerge during high water.

Camping Notes
No camping at the hot springs since the campground is no more (see below trip reports for details). However, plenty of official campgrounds along HWY 75 and even some primitive camping options.

Old Camping Notes
Hot Springs are located in Basin Creek Campground off HWY 75 along Basin Creek. There is a trail leading to the hot springs from campsite #4. There is also access via the dirt road on the other side of Basin Creek.


The main pool was too cool and the source pool too hot. Plenty of slit and not so great temps prevented me from soaking. I think a better pool could be built, but spring runoff will destroy it every season. Why? When there are so many other great soaks nearby. Too close to the highway anyways.
Rating: D

Basin Creek Campground is no more. Apparently, the flooding damage was too great. I wanted to check on the hot springs but the side road was closed due to bridge construction. The bridge crossing Basin Creek had washed out.

05.21.06 Access Condition Update
The ENTIRE campground was flooded and looked to be in pretty rough shape. The hot springs was (as usual) underwater as well due to runoff. It's unclear if the FS will be able to open the campground this summer as it would need to be rebuilt.

We thought it odd that the only spot left in the whole campground was #4; the one with the hot springs located just behind it. We later found out why. The hot springs proved a worthy soak despite piping hot temps. The source pool was well above 115, the lower pool around 109 and the lowest about 96. Personally, I had trouble finding a comfortable soaking temperature and position in the tiny pools. I wouldn't recommend camping in site #4 or in this campground at all if you are ISO some peace and quiet. There was a constant stream of people coming into our campsite asking about the hot springs location and poking around; all were friendly and most were considerate. The most annoying was the small army of RV campers that ran their generators all night long! The information sign clearly states that RVers must obey 10pm quite time rules like everyone else and turn off their generators.
Rating: C

Average Rating: C-


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