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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Dagger Creek HS & Dagger Falls
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Salmon-Challis National Forest Overall Rating: D-
5,800 ft Water Temperature: 100 - 104
Stanley / Lowman Area Usage Level: Low

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08.11.02: Attack of the Biting Flies

08.11.02: 3 murky, sludge filled pools await in the shadows

08.11.02: Beautiful Dagger Falls

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Pool Condition
Rock walled with silt bottoms (hot spring water from the source rises through the silty bottoms)
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
08.11.02 None! Extreme
Huge horse/deer flies that bite... we were swarmed and nearly ran away screaming!

Water Clarity:
Low (tons of silt and algae)


Slight Odor

Wildlife Sighted: Bull Trout, Deer and Elk

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date in May depends on snow level). Prime soaking season is between late July and late October due to spring runoff.

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Camping Notes
There is an official campground at the trailhead as well as plenty of other campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from in the surrounding Salmon-Challis and Sawtooth National Forests.


This part of Idaho really appeals to me. Find Dagger Creek HS by finding Dagger Falls (Middle Fork Salmon River) and then look above the mouth of Dagger Creek for the pools (3). You might not want to sit in this one though! If you don't like goobers (who doesn't), horse/deer flies and pools with mud/silt bottoms than this HS is not for you.

I had to dangle my legs in the only soakable pool just because I was there. But, before long we couldn't stand the swarm of huge horse/deer flies that circled constantly when in the small perimeter of the HS. The worst part was that those flies bite and hang on when you try to shake them. It was a little much for us, and subsequently we were not there any longer than the time it took to take a couple pics, get the temperature and soak our legs (fast).

Another thing we noticed about this area is that we drove by 6 Suburbans in a row on forest road 579 and 568. They and just about everyone else were hauling ass on the dirt/gravel road, sending a spray of rocks cascading across the exterior of my vehicle every time because of the excess speeds they were traveling. One in particular almost pushed us off the side of a cliff that would clearly have been fatal because of their driving speed when coming around the corner (oh yes, that was a huge Suburban as well).

Drive careful out there on the forest roads, most importantly... drive defensively.
Rating D-

Average Rating: D-

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