Trail Creek Hot Springs – Idaho
Located in Boise National Forest, this primitive hot spring is unique in that there is a pipe to feed in cold water to the pools instead of hot to help keep the temperature at a reasonable level. It’s open year round and you will see quite a few people make the trek in the winter months to enjoy a relaxing soak surround by the snow covered wilderness. It’s an awesome natural hot springs in Idaho that is well worth the adventure.
Details about Trail Creek Hot Springs
Trail Creek Hot Springs is one of our favorite primitive hot springs areas due to the wilderness backdrop that provides a much needed , nestled in a scenic mountain valley. Travelers from all over the state come to relax and enjoy the two natural pools that are fed by underground thermal mineral waters.
The temperature of these hot springs range between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit providing a wonderfully relaxing experience for visitors any time of the year. The surrounding area around Trail Creek Hot Springs provides an abundance of outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and boating on nearby Lake Cascade.
There are several hot springs pools that run along the edge of the creek for you to enjoy. The source of the natural mineral waters starts at a very hot 125 degrees and doesn’t cool down too much as it enters the two rocked walled areas which is why a pipe was installed to allow colder water. The pipe has a valve you can control to adjust the heat of the springs to your liking. Near the creek moving the rocks around will also help in changing the temperature of Trail Creek Hot Springs.
This place can get pretty crowded in the spring and summer months do to it’s accessibility so it’s best to try and go early in the morning or during the weekdays. Clothing is also optional and you may find a few people soaking nude if nobody is around.
Directions to Trail Creek Hot Springs
From McCall, Idaho
1. Start on Deinhard Lane and travel roughly 3 miles to ID-55 South
2. Take ID-55 South for 27 miles
3. Merge onto NF-22 / Warm Lake Road
4. Continue for another 19 miles until you reach your destination.
The primitive hot springs doesn’t allow camping directly at the spot, but there are some designated campground areas nearby. Trail Creek Hot Springs also doesn’t have any amenities so be sure to bring some food and water if you plan on staying a while. Happy Soaking!