There are plenty of campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from in the
surrounding Sawtooth National Forest and Sawtooth National
Recreation Area (SNRA), none next to the hot spring.
New briefing posted for Boat Box in the hot springs forums
Good to go! This roadside dip was a sweet soak as usual. Be careful
climbing into the soaking tub as the river level was unusually high
for this time of year, compare the pictures from May 03 and 06 to
see for yourself (more than likely normal river flows considering
years of drought). I like Elkhorn, and my biggest beef is that it is
right next to the highway. Good and bad I suppose depending on your
position. I favor soaking a little further off the beaten path -
wondering if someone might drive off the highway and land in the hot
spring is just something I don't want entering my mind during a
soak. Yes, the odds are quite low of this occurring, but judging
from the strength of the river flows, I'd say there is a higher
probability that you might end up enjoying a mobile soaking
experience (while the river carries the soaking tub downstream).
It'd be one heck of a ride and a stellar soak to boot, complete with
years of bragging rights.
A nice soak on a not so nice day, it may be May but the temps are still
pretty cool in these parts. Once again we had Elkhorn all to ourselves
despite the heavy traffic on the highway above.
Elkhorn was excellent, it's hard to go wrong with this quick little roadside dip. The lower pools were submerged, but their formation was clearly visible. The tub was a perfect warmer-upper on the cold November day.
Luckily, there were a couple huge buckets right next to the large tub.
They are needed to cart in the cold water from the Salmon River to
temper the tub.