Idaho Hot Springs:
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Keep Hot Springs Clean and Safe for Generations to Come!
Pickup ALL trash, always pack
it in - pack it out, respect others and the land. Hot springs are a gift. Abused
hot springs are shutting down at an alarming rate.
Utilize Leave No Trace
Principles and keep all soap and shampoo at least 200 feet from any water source; hot springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, springs and reservoirs.
Roadside Guide |
Chattanooga Hot Springs Video Clip ]
Chattanooga Hot Springs features one large and shallow hot
waterfall-fed pool next to the Middle Fork of the Boise River near
the quaint mining town of Atlanta, Idaho. Depending on how strong
spring runoff is or was, the pool may be submerged in the river. The
key to a stellar soak? Come late season.
The locals have been known to bathe in
the hot springs on occasion, and have been known to creep out those
unfortunate enough to not be from Atlanta. If you don't want to
raise eyebrows here's what to do: get a an old beat-up pickup truck,
a gun rack and roll around in the mud. Empty beer cans and trash in
the truck bed and a squint with a good stink-eye will get you extra
may be tricky because the flat area above the hot springs is on
private land. The last time I visited it was signed as "No
Trespassing". I had to park near the access road and hike in.
Although not personally experienced, I've heard plenty of rumors
that Red Spider Mites
are living large at C-town.
The majority of roads into Atlanta close during winter save for one
route which is sketchy, especially given the
large amount of deaths that occur on this road during the summer
months. Note: The Middle Fork Boise River Road is a rough one - this
is one of my least favorite roads to drive on in Idaho due to the
insane washboards. Just something to keep in mind. During the summer
you can cut down on the drive time by taking one of the many FSRs off
State HWY 21 to the Middle Fork Road.
Plenty of nearby National Forest campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from.
Just around the bend from Chattanooga are free developed sites at Powerplant Campground. This might very well be one of the
last campgrounds in Idaho that remains free despite having water,
tables and an outhouse.
Chattanooga reminded me of a bit larger version of the late-90s,
around the bend pool at Pine Flats near Lowman. Let me elaborate.
The hot waterfall feeding the pool continuously emits a steady
stream of steam as the hot water is cooled by the air and rock on
the way down to the pool below. Luckily, the shallow pool is fairly
large, providing for complete submersion of the body. The views of
the Middle Fork of the Boise River right next to the pool are
awesome. This place is seasonally popular, the rest of the time its
under water. What more can I say but to watch the
video and look at the pics... I think you'll side with me -
this was one sweet soak.