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Boiling Springs Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall Type: H (short hike)
Boise National Forest Overall Rating: C
4,000 ft Water Temperature: Varies per pool
N of Crouch / Middle Fork Payette River Area Usage Level: Low-Moderate

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10.17.05: The Boiling Springs cabins lurking in the mist

10.17.05: Steamy Source

10.17.05: Tiny cove pool

10.17.05: Overhead shot of the pools

10.17.05: Boise National Forest Posted: No Nudity!

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[ View 09.17.07 Boiling Springs Hot springs Video Clip ]

General Description
At the end of a forest road in the Boise National Forest, north of the town of Crouch lies the historic Boiling Springs Guard Station - which is available for rent by reservation only. The real treat is the nearby hot springs; featuring rock walled pools with rock/sand bottoms that have minor amounts of silt/algae.

Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
09.17.07 light light
06.16.07 light moderate
10.17.05 none none
07.19.04 low none

Water Clarity:


None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer, Elk and Moose

Seasonal Notes
The Forest Service Road that provides access is snow covered all winter until approximately late May. During the summer this is ORV country, expect legions kicking up dirt and dust all over the road. Possible snowmobile access during winter months.

Camping Notes
Primitive and official campgrounds are all over the place. You can also rent the Boiling Springs Guard Station (cabin) and have the hot springs near the cabin completely to yourself (I believe public use of the riverside pools is permitted during cabin occupancy, but not so with the pools near the cabin).


It was a beautiful day to be hiking around in the Boise National Forest. Our soaking party met a nice couple on their way out - they were as red as lobsters! They had somehow managed to withstand 110-113 degree temperatures for over an hour... yikes! I couldn't take sticking my foot in for longer than a minute. The pools were silty, but the water was clear. This one is just too hot to enjoy prolonged soaking.

According to the Boise National Forest website and the Boiling Springs Guard Station is supposed to be shut down for repairs this season. What I saw was a small group of people recreating at the Guard Station, no official Forest Service anything or tools for that matter in sight. Why are people partying at Boiling Springs when it is supposed to be closed for repairs? Hmmm. Something seems amiss.
Rating: X

The 2 pools near the source were very hot and featured an abundance of silt and algae. The pools near the point where the hot creek (source outflow) meets the river were way too cool. The hearty amount of steam pumping out of the source made for picturesque views of the crisp valley as the sun rose above the mountains in the early morning (see above pictures).
Rating: C+

Our timing was perfect for our visit to Boiling Springs. The folks who rented the cabin were leaving as we arrived. While we were poking around the cabin / guard station and hot springs a Forest Service Employee pulled up. She was here to clean up the place before the next group arrived in about an hour. Apparently use of the two shallow pools below the source on a small cliff next to the cabin are off-limits when the cabin is rented. However, the pools built on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Payette River are fair game. They are fed from the outflow of the main source and pools at the end of a .25mi or so hot creek that empties into the river. We could only leg soak in the pools below the source, felt great on the feet. Then, at the urging of the Forest Service employee we departed. I took some great pictures of the hot springs, cabin and surrounding area but accidentally lost them when having to perform an emergency reformat on my computer's hard drives.
Rating: B

Average Rating: C

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