Idaho Hot Springs:
Council Mountain Hot Springs
Overall Rating: B+
Water Temperature: 96º to 98º (at
time of visit) varies seasonally
Usage Level: Moderate
Rock-walled with dirt and gravel bottom.
Deer, elk, owls & foxes
Seasonal road open from May through
October or November.
There are a few primitive sites near the
springs right off the main forest road along with nearby official
campgrounds as well (not very private). There is also a nice
campsite at the hot springs trailhead and another nice site just
above the hot springs.
The pool on Council Mountain lies at the end of a 2 mile hike on a nice
forest trail that slowly takes you up the side of Council Mountain. There is ample parking
and a campsite at the trailhead, plus there is a nice campsite above the
source of the hot springs. There is also free camping along side the Middle Fork Weiser River, and Cabin Creek Campground is only 2 miles
down FR 186. We passed a couple on their way back down on our way up to
the springs that were friendly, and we were able to enjoy the pool all by
ourselves the whole time.
After we got back to the truck at around 9pm we
watched in awe as all the ORVers whizzed passed us on their way to
secure a campsite in a mad rush, churning up dust on the forest road for
miles. This visit was during spring runoff, so there was only 1 (good)
soaking opportunity. After spring runoff, the lack of cold water flowing
through Warm Springs Creek results in a temperature boost because of the
outflow of hot water coming from the hot springs source. The creek in-turn
becomes hot and subsequently feeds a chain of jacuzzi-type soaking pools
below. I can't wait to return to this one later on in the season!
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