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Moondipper Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Spring, Early Summer Type: H (hike)
Boise National Forest Overall Rating: C
4,080 ft Water Temperature: Seasonal Variance: 100 to 118
Middle Fork Payette River Usage Level: Moderate

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06.16.07: Hot and silty

10.17.05: The moon in the sun

10.17.05: The moon and the sun rays

06.14.02: Ahh...

06.14.02: Lots of silt

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General Description
Moondipper Hot Springs, Pine Burl's lesser sibling, features a single rock walled pool with a sandy/silty bottom large enough for several soakers. Moondipper is an easy 2 mile hike along the Middle Fork of the Payette River from the Boiling Springs Guard Station, and is best suited for spring and early summer soaking - when there is enough cold creek water to mix with the hot spring outflow.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
09.17.07 no trash! light
06.16.07 no trash! moderate
10.17.05 no trash! light
06.14.02 no trash! none

Water Clarity:


None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer, Elk and Moose

Seasonal Notes
The Forest Service Road that provides access is snow covered all winter until approximately late May.

Camping Notes
There is a flat, sizeable campsite just a bit further past Pine Burl as well as another further up the main trail before you depart up the creek to Moondipper. There are also many primitive and official camping opportunities near the forest road.


Not much new to report here, no trash is always good though, but the soak - too hot!
Rating: X

Weak spring runoff due to low winter snowpack in the mountains means that Moondipper's soaking window is a bit smaller this year. Meaning, it's already over. The cold creek water that is desperately needed to bring down the temps of the hot waters of Moondipper was already too low. Although, a couple siphon hoses might do the trick.
Rating: C

The brisk 2 mile, early morning hike-in was filled with beautiful views of the crisp forest waking up to the sun. The trail was in pretty good condition save for a couple un-marked intersections; which you'll soon enough figure lead to the low-water trail which means many river fords. So my advice: stay high. Moondipper had much less silt than when I was here last, probably due to summer usage - last time I was one of the first spring visitors. Not bad for a soak all in all - but why not wander less than a quarter mile further up a faint path to Pine Burl; which is a much nicer soak.
Rating: B-

Moondipper was hot to trot, and turned out to be a nice soak along the way to Pine Burl, which in my opinion is somewhat better. We past Boiling Springs on the way, but the FS cabin was rented and quite busy by the looks of it.
Rating: C

Average Rating: C+


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