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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Council Mountain Hot Springs
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Payette National Forest Overall Rating: B+
4,480 ft Water Temperature: 96 to 98 (at time of visit) varies seasonally
Near Council, ID Usage Level: Moderate

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06.06.03: Why hello there

06.06.03: When the creek dries out the hot springs outflow will spill into the creek

Up | Down | Top | Bottom
Pool Condition
Rock-walled with dirt and gravel bottom.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
06.06.03 Light Light

Water Clarity:



Wildlife Sighted: Deer, elk, owls & foxes

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal road open from May through October or November.
Camping Notes
There are a few primitive sites near the springs right off the main forest road along with nearby official campgrounds as well (not very private). There is also a nice campsite at the hot springs trailhead and another nice site just above the hot springs.


The pool on Council Mountain lies at the end of a 2 mile hike on a nice forest trail that slowly takes you up the side of Council Mountain. There is ample parking and a campsite at the trailhead, plus there is a nice campsite above the source of the hot springs. There is also free camping along side the Middle Fork Weiser River, and Cabin Creek Campground is only 2 miles down FR 186. We passed a couple on their way back down on our way up to the springs that were friendly, and we were able to enjoy the pool all by ourselves the whole time.

After we got back to the truck at around 9pm we watched in awe as all the ORVers whizzed passed us on their way to secure a campsite in a mad rush, churning up dust on the forest road for miles. This visit was during spring runoff, so there was only 1 (good) soaking opportunity. After spring runoff, the lack of cold water flowing through Warm Springs Creek results in a temperature boost because of the outflow of hot water coming from the hot springs source. The creek in-turn becomes hot and subsequently feeds a chain of jacuzzi-type soaking pools below. I can't wait to return to this one later on in the season!
Rating: B+

Average Rating: B+

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