Traveling the Backcountry of the Northwest - One Hot Spring at a Time

All About the Gem State

Nothing but IDAHO. Of course, when you are talking hot springs, is there really any other state? (only kidding OR, WA, CA, CO, UT…)

Idaho Hot Springs (.com) Honestly Screen Capture

Online for Well Over a Decade

The present version of (IHS) was born during the earlier days of the web. Hatched from a desire to track and share my progress of qualifying unique hot springs in Idaho while I wasn’t in class or working after moving to Boise from the north.

I’ve always been surprised by the little juggernaut’s (approx. 500 pages of content) ability to withstand the test of time. That’s not to say IHS hasn’t been in need of an overhaul for awhile.

Recent… technology related progressions have almost rendered updating IHS futile, which (finally) forced my hand to break ground on a new website. Don’t expect a rollout anytime in the near future as this project is just getting underway.

The Springs Resort Temporary Closure

The Springs Resort Splashdeck

The Springs Resort Splashdeck

The Springs Resort in Idaho City is on a temporary hiatus while upgrading infrastructure in the form of a giant, custom shade from June 10-17. You can check on the progress of their work right here.

Seasonal Access Update

Late Season Ford to Rocky Canyon

Late Season Ford to Rocky Canyon

Low spring runoff conditions can tempt even the most veteran of soakers into taking an early swing at reaching backcountry hot springs typically not accessible until mid-summer.

Since runoff is abnormally low this season, check the streamflow (compare previous years) and use caution before committing to a premature ford. Undertow can be sneaky to detect.

Forest Road Access

The majority of Forest Service Roads (FSR) for low elevation National Forest access are open. Higher elevation roads in some regions are typically clear late July. As always, make a quick call to your regional office prior to departure. Don’t forget to ask about stream fords if that is on your agenda as well.

Wildfire Information

I usually dish out the Inciweb link, but the site is seemingly down? Here’s the NIFC listing for active wildfires. It’s not quite that time yet, but with a relatively dry winter and spring, an early and fierce wildfire season should be expected. :(

Stay safe out there fellow soak seekers!

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
- Thoreau

One Fine Idaho Spring Afternoon + Update on The Dipper

Hot springing during the “off” season is a pastime favorite of mine. It can be tricky… incessantly contending with icy roads, cold rain, closed access roads, mud, muck, silty pools, spring runoff and on… But, what’s life without a little challenge? ;)

The rewards can be bountiful. Solitude. Peace. Tranquility. Renewal. Revitalization.

And, maybe… just maybe you’ll slip through a crack in the weather into a sunny, mid 60s Spring day in the forest… and find yourself enjoying a hot waterfall. Like I did.

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Learn More About Pine Flats Hot Springs on IHS

Update on The Dipper and Campground

While in the Banks-Lowman area, I stopped to check on a couple other nearby hot springs. According to the posted sign, Skinnydipper Hot Springs (The Dipper) is currently available for soaking during the day only, with nighttime closure in full effect. This is good news considering it wasn’t too long ago the plug was almost permanently pulled.

Hot Springs Campground was in decent shape with temperatures clocking in around 100, which is fairly typical for this almost a warm spring, hot spring (HSC on IHS).

Happy Spring (and Trails)!

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth … the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see.
- Edward Abbey

Quick Update: New Listings, Hot Springs…

Greetings intrepid soak seekers! Now that 2014 is underway I thought it proper to post an update on the latest happenings in the land of the HSG.

I have been momentarily sidelined with a wrist fracture, luckily I can still type, henceforth this post you are reading. Seems the backcountry is still teaching me lessons in respect. Personally, I’d rather break a bone doing something enjoyable, just as long as the pain isn’t too great and the distance to the nearest hospital not too long.

Before They're GoneI spent last week talking with a couple good friends that I admire about their travel efforts. Michael Lanza is the Northwest Editor of Backpacker Magazine, accomplished backcountry everything and an incredible writer to boot. His travel blog is a must-subscribe and his book Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks is a must-read.

David Beatty provides personal guide services in Italy, notably to unique hot springs. Of which, I had no idea existed. Long story short, I discovered that upon helping them I was able to gleam insight into my own interests. Update

New listings for two commercial hot springs in Lava and a listing for Mundo Hot Springs should be live soon along with an update for The Springs Resort in Idaho City. A look and feel update may also go live pending testing.

Other News has new listings and geolocation map functionality active and has new listings up.

Happy Trails! – HSG

Our terrors and our darkness of mind
Must be dispelled then not by sunlight…
But by insight into nature, and a scheme
Of systematic contemplation…

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