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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Wild Rose (Milford Sweat) Hot Springs
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Shoshone District, BLM Overall Rating: D+
5,000 ft Water Temperature: 95 - 98
Near Carey, ID Usage Level: Heavy-Extreme

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05.05.02: Just OK - grounds trashed, broken glass everywhere - even diapers! yuk!

05.05.02: At least the water is clear

05.05.02: Too cool for soaking this time of year... BRRRR

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Pool Condition
Black lava rock pool with a gravel bottom, 12 feet across and roughly 4 feet deep.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
05.05.02 Extreme! None

Water Clarity:

Low (state hwy close but no visible from pools)

None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Mule Deer

Seasonal Notes
Accessible all year.
Camping Notes
Best camping except during winter is 10 miles away at the Craters of the Moon National Park. There is public land both East and West of the springs, but property lines aren't clear enough to be sure what is public and what is private.


Milford Sweet looked awesome enough, but it's temperature was a little too cool for our liking. It was disturbing witnessing the poor condition this spring was in. I've never seen so much trash at a hot springs before, and I've seen a lot. Looks like plenty of people party here and abuse the area quite frequently. I hate to say it, but this place needs to be closed to the public, or at least closed overnight. I'd rather see it protected verses destroyed, even if no one can enjoy it.
Rating: D+ (because of trash and low temps)

Average Rating: D+

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