Roughly a 30-minute drive from the small Idaho town of Salmon, the trailhead to this hot spring can be found down a residential dirt road with several parking spots. The trailhead has a bathroom as well.
The ascent to the hot springs requires a two-mile jaunt, which can be a bit exhausting depending on your fitness level. Steep switchbacks kick off the hike, then level off comfortably for the middle of the hike. The last portion of the climb is steep until the end. Anticipate the hike taking approximately an hour.
At the springs, different pools and little falls cascade into one another. There are also cold falls mingled with hot, so oftentimes a pool will be colder than expected.
The best seat in the house is the big pool overlooking the mountains after crossing a small bridge. The temperature is comfortable and the water cascades over the edge and offers one of the most amazing views in the region.
Camping is also available at Goldbug. Sites are along the creek on the way up, as well as in the trees around the hot springs.
Know Before You Go
When googling directions, Google maps may take you to the wrong location of a locked gate with a sign indicating to continue farther down the highway. Google the address 28 Warm Springs Road instead.
On weekends, this area can get quite busy, so expect to share it with other (sometimes nude) bathers. Best to head out in the early morning hours. Always remember to keep the area clean. Camp away from the water and pack any waste out. Be respectful of other visitors to make this a tranquil experience for everyone.
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