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Warm Springs Creek Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Summer, Fall Type: M (multiday)
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, South Half Overall Rating: C
5,700 ft Water Temperature: 103-105 log pool, lower pools vary per season
Sunbeam/Challis, ID Usage Level: Low

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07.17.07: The source pool

07.17.07: The log pool


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General Description
A difficult hike in rugged wilderness is rewarded with a barley used hot springs complete with excellent primitive camping. You'll want to at least do this one as an overnighter, at least. However, you will have to work for your soak aside from the challenging hike in; spring runoff destroys the lower pools and the upper pool is overtaken with horse fly larva, algae and silt due to low usage.

Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
07.17.07 none moderate

Water Clarity:



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

Seasonal Notes
Main access roads only open July-October (sometimes November) or August-September depending on which way you are coming.

Camping Notes
Excellent large primitive site near the hot springs with a nice fire pit, log ties and level ground.

Briefings / Trip Reports

Warm Springs Creek Hot Springs aka Sitz Bath was pretty cool. The primitive camping was great, but due to other stellar soaks in the area we opted to leave it be. However, on our way out, we witnessed a small army of horse people setting up camp. There was a man with buckets galore going to town on the upper pool while at least 6 large tents were being erected nearby. There was even a naked little boy running through camp, screaming and with poo all over himself. Nice. If this little soak wasn't in wilderness, I would have rated it lower.
Rating: C

Average Rating: C


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