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

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


  1. Oh, that looks so wonderful! What a beautiful picture, and I reveled in the no-music video as if I were there.

  2. HSG

    April 22 at 6:37 am

    Thank you, Lydia! I hope you have been well. :)

  3. We hit up Skinny Dippers couple weekends ago and it was perfect!

  4. Where exactly is this spot in the video it looks amazing and I love trying out new hot springs!!!!

  5. HSG

    April 23 at 1:57 am

    Nice! That is awesome to hear, Caitlin!

  6. HSG

    April 24 at 4:40 am

    Hey Telly! This is the “round the bend” pool. It’s not very safe to access during high water conditions because of a steep drop, but during low water you can just walk around the corner. I actually opted to wade the river, it was just barley possible.

  7. Hey Hot Springs Guy! I love your blog – it’s an inspiration. Thank you!

  8. HSG

    January 8 at 6:08 pm

    Aww, thank you so much! I love your blog too! Keep following your passion!

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