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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Fire Crew Hot Spring
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Boise National Forest Overall Rating: D
4,080 ft Water Temperature: Varies by pool design and season
N of Crouch / Middle Fork Payette River Usage Level: High (Summer: Extreme)

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10.17.05: Light foam, moderate algae and silt


10.17.05: Looking downstream
 
 


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Pool Condition
Rocky user built pools with gravel/rock bottoms -loaded up with algae and silt. Decaying pieces of tarp appear randomly as the seasons turn and spring runoff dismantles the pools created during the summer.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
10.17.05 moderate light
06.14.02 EXTREME none

Water Clarity:
Semi-Clear

Visibility:
Moderate

Odor(s):
None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Deer and Elk

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. The pool submerges during spring runoff and is usually landlocked by mid to late summer (too hot without cold river water to mix with) - so bring a bucket.
Camping Notes
There are a few primitive sites near the springs (not very private). Also many other official camping opportunities and additional primitive sites accessible from the main forest road.

Briefings

10.17.05
This was the first time I've ever been to Fire Crew with no one around! It was great despite that the soaking wasn't. The pools were either too cold and/or filled with goobers like stagnant water foam, algae and silt. It was a nice day, there was plenty of trash and land abuse evidence though. At least the trash level has gone down somewhat. If you visit this area please take some extra time to pick up some trash and if you must ORV please stay in designated areas.
Rating:
D

07.07.02
Fire Crew was packed, and I don't even know why! Kiddies were all over the place as were fishers, floaters, ORVers and campers. After most of the 4th of July campers headed out we ventured over to find a guy sitting on the edge of the second of two pools. He sat on the edge (where the hot meets cold) because the water two feet beyond him was freezing. The only other pool was nearly landlocked, and was extremely hot. It's always nice to soak even if it is only your legs.

The setting was nice, but all the trash offset much of the view. It was horrifying to see the mess all of the campers left behind. Some people shouldn't be allowed to leave their resident concrete jungle. Our buddy at Fire Crew was even kind enough to carve a few donuts with his 4-wheeler in a couple camp sites before his soak. We later heard him and his friend firing their guns off at random intervals throughout the night, drunk as can be.

Fire Crew wasn't worth it this time, maybe next. However, nearby Rocky Canyon HS yielded a nice soak, almost perfect. You'll find Fire Crew north of Crouch and Rocky Canyon HS, and South of Boiling Springs, Moondipper and Pine Burl HS.
Rating: D

Average Rating: D

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