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Pine Burl Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Spring, Summer Type: H (hike)
Boise National Forest Overall Rating: C-
4,080 ft Water Temperature: Usually 101-103, but can vary dramatically
N of Crouch Usage Level: Low-Moderate

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06.16.07: Let's see

06.16.07: Now that's a Pine Burl (visible from the pool)

06.16.07: PB from above

06.16.07: Middle Fork of the Payette River

10.17.05: Oh my - much better than last time

10.17.05: How sweet it is

06.14.02: Hmmm...

06.14.02: Some silt, but not too bad - due to low use

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General Description
Pine Burl hot springs is a two mile hike from the trailhead near Boiling Springs and features a single rock walled pool with mortar reinforcement. The sole pool has a sandy bottom with a slight amount of slit in the corners. There's no avoiding it, just before Pine Burl you will pass Moondipper and Lil Dipper hot springs.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
09.17.07 light light
06.16.07 light 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 May. During the summer this is ORV country, expect legions kicking up dirt and dust all over the road. Possible snowmobile access during winter months.

Camping Notes
There is a flat, sizeable campsite just a bit further past the springs 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 accessible from the forest road.


Yuk! The pool was mucky and silty, temps were all over the place... what happened here?
Rating: D-

I camped near more people than ever before on this trip verses all previous backpacking trips made in Idaho. After about an hour I found the last primitive near the hot springs, which turned out to be pretty lame. Blasts of searing hot 118 degree water mixed with blasts of staggering 96 degree water plagued the pool and made way for a fairly strenuous soak. Meaning tired arms from non-stop stirring. It was obvious someone had been tinkering. Aside from all the people, lack-luster hot springs and insane forest road traffic - it's always nice to be out here; my primitive site was perched near a mountain top coupled with a scenic view of the river valley below.
Rating: D

What a great time of the year for a hike and a soak. Pine Burl proved to be in excellent shape, a large improvement over the last time I was here. Even better - no trash was found! Wow! Another plus was that the silt levels are way down as well. However, I attribute this to usage - the last time I visited I was probably one of the first to see the hot springs after it sat un-used all winter. The temps. were great, my thermometer was detecting near optimal soaking temps. around 103 - my body was able to confirm (:  Good job everyone! This place, despite moderate use, has been taken good care of.
Rating: A

After visiting Moondipper HS, Pine Burl provided even more enjoyment. This tasty little soaker is well built. It got too hot during the afternoon for us to continue soaking, especially with the sun shining directly on us. A little shade would have gone a long way that day. All in all, this is a great HS. Find Moondipper, hike a tad upstream and there you go.
Rating: B+

Average Rating: C-


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