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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Baumgartner Hot Springs
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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: A
5,100 ft Water Temperature: 101
Featherville Area Usage Level: Extreme

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08.29.04: Commercial style HS - yours truly on the right


08.29.04: Lots of soakers even early in the am


08.29.04: Nice map


08.29.04: The rules


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Pool Condition
Commercial style 15x20 foot concrete pool with steps, railing, filters and more. The deluxe hot springs pool is drained, cleaned and refilled each and every morning during the summer season when the campground host is around.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
07.09.06 low heavy
08.29.04 low low

Water Clarity:
Clear

Visibility:
High

Odor(s):
None noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer and elk

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date in May depends on snow level)
Camping Notes
Baumgartner Campground of course, and there are also many primitive campsites near the official campground.

Briefings

07.09.06
Baumgartner was a great soak early in the morning, but as the campground began to wake up the pool began to fill-up... with people. We felt lucky to have enjoyed a soak for about an hour with only a handful of other people. If you were in a helicopter it would have looked like steams of people trickling out of their campsites and converging into a thicker stream that converged directly on the hot springs. The key here anytime of year is to soak early. The pool is drained daily, bright an early.
Rating A

08.29.04
I finally made it out to Baumgartner after many trips in the surrounding area. It was a sweet soak to say the least. We camped at the Willow Creek transfer camp the night before, got up early, packed up and drove over to the campground. Even arriving at 6:30am we were 2nd to get to the pool. After some talking with a couple regulars I found out that the pool was just resurfaced this year; it did indeed look brand spanking new. Before the construction of the well-designed concrete pool by the Forest Service Baumgartner's pool was located in a sandy pit slightly above the pool's present location. Apparently, the hot springs used to belong to a one John Baumgartner; who eventually gave it to the Forest Service after tending it for years. Expect lots of people and families at this location; swimsuits are required.
Rating A

Average Rating: A

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