Pools submerge during high water.
No camping at the hot springs
since the campground is no more (see below trip reports for details). However,
plenty of official campgrounds along HWY 75 and even some primitive
Old Camping Notes
Hot Springs are located in Basin Creek
Campground off HWY 75 along Basin Creek. There is a trail leading to
the hot springs from campsite #4. There is also access via the dirt
road on the other side of Basin Creek.
The main pool was too cool and the source pool too hot. Plenty of
slit and not so great temps prevented me from soaking. I think a
better pool could be built, but spring runoff will destroy it every
season. Why? When there are so many other great soaks nearby. Too
close to the highway anyways.
Basin Creek Campground is no more. Apparently, the flooding damage
was too great. I wanted to check on the hot springs but the side
road was closed due to bridge construction. The bridge crossing
Basin Creek had washed out.
The ENTIRE campground was flooded and looked to be in pretty rough
shape. The hot springs was (as usual) underwater as well due to
runoff. It's unclear if the FS will be able to open the campground
this summer as it would need to be rebuilt.
We thought it odd that the only spot left in the whole campground
was #4; the one with the hot springs located just behind it. We
later found out why. The hot springs proved a worthy soak despite
piping hot temps. The source pool was well above 115º, the lower
pool around 109º and the lowest about 96º. Personally, I had trouble
finding a comfortable soaking temperature and position in the tiny
pools. I wouldn't recommend camping in site #4 or in this campground
at all if you are ISO some peace and quiet. There was a constant
stream of people coming into our campsite asking about the hot
springs location and poking around; all were friendly and most were
considerate. The most annoying was the small army of RV campers that
ran their generators all night long! The information sign clearly
states that RVers must obey 10pm quite time rules like everyone else
and turn off their generators.