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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Owen Cabin Hot Springs
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Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, South Half Overall Rating: D-
5,400 ft Water Temperature: n/a
7-8mi N of Loon Creek Airstrip Usage Level: Seasonally Moderate

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07.23.03: Remnants of a washed-out pool

07.23.03: Brandon heading down to Owen Cabin

07.23.03: There's a little more below this source

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Pool Condition
Outlines of rock-walled pools are visible where the outflow from the hot springs meets Loon Creek.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
07.23.03 low moderate

Water Clarity:


Slight Odor

Wildlife Sighted: Many snakes, black bear and tons of deer, elk, moose, mountain lion and bear scat

Seasonal Notes
Access road to Loon Creek Trailhead only open from July-October.

Camping Notes
There is a fairly large, grassy flat area with a good sized primitive site slightly before Owen Cabin, and there is ample space for a tent or two right next to the cabin. Next best closest camping is at Upper Loon Hot Springs (1-4).


Just past the Upper Loon Hot Springs (1-4) comes Owen Cabin. The source (pictured above) is filled with goobers and rust colored algae. It drains into Loon Creek where the remnants of a couple pools from the past lie. The very low flow from the source was the obvious reason why no one had rebuilt the pools. However, there is a decent campsite in the meadow nearby, and historic Owen Cabin lies on the edge of the meadow in ruins.

Rating: D-


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