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Preis Hot Spring in Idaho

Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: B+
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall Type: R (roadside)
5,500 ft Water Temperature: 102 pH: 7
Fairfield / Smoky Mountains Area Usage Level: Low

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Preis Hot Spring General Description

Small sunken wooden box with seating and gravel mixed with sand bottom. Just barley fits 2 nice and snug. The little bit of algae on the wood can be extremely slick, be careful when getting in and out of the box. Average temperature is 102 and pH is approximately 7. The pool/box is just a few feet from a seasonally busy Sawtooth National Forest road.

Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
06.27.13 none low
09.26.09 low moderate
08.29.04 low moderate
05.12.02 low low

Water Clarity:


None noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer and elk

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date in May depends on snow level).

Camping Notes
No campsites around the spring, but plenty of campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from in the surrounding Sawtooth National Forest.

Preis Hot Springs Trip Reports

After yet another punishing backpacking trip Preis was quite the treat. We were early enough in the season to not have to deal with too much traffic on the forest service road right next to the pool.

Pries was just what the doc ordered, and was just like I remembered it. Tiny, clean and a sweet soak. Nothing like easing the pain AFTER returning from a pack trip.

Yes, it's next to a moderately traveled Forest Service Road, and yes it's pretty small - but I can't help but like lil ol Preis! Despite what I just mentioned; one can't complain about the near perfect water temperature and clarity. Makes for a great warmer-upper when traveling to other hot springs in the area.
Rating B

Preis was a perfect little dip right off the dusty forest road. It's a small pool built into the ground via wooden box. Despite the close quarters (2 people is a very tight fit) and being right next to the road, I have to give this a pretty good rating. The water was really clear, the temperature was perfect and no sulfur odors were to be smelled. I would recommend foot wear in this one as the wooden seat and parts on the bottom are coated with some slick stuff. I've read that locals use the Preis box for bathing/shaving with soap and shaving cream.
Rating B

Average Rating: B+


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