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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Granite Creek Natural Hot Spring
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Boise National Forest Overall Rating: B+
4,200 ft Water Temperature: Varies
Atlanta Area Usage Level: Moderate

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09.17.06: Finding the right spot can be tricky

09.17.06: Excellent views of the Middle Fork of the Boise River

09.17.06: Ample parking

09.17.06: Overview of the pools

06.12.03: Not quite ready

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General Description
Seasonal riverside rock-walled, sandy/gravel/rock bottomed pools right next to the middle fork road. There may or may not be a pool ready depending on the time of your visit. The riverside pools feature a swirling mix of cold and hot water. Often, one might need to continuously stir the pool to maintain adequate soaking temperatures.

Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
09.17.06 low none
06.12.03 low none

Water Clarity:
Hard to tell, pools semi-submerged



Wildlife Sighted: Deer, Elk & Fox

Seasonal Notes
Submerged during spring runoff: best times to visit are late July through November. Majority of roads into Atlanta close during winter save for one route which is sketchy at best most winters especially given the large amount of deaths that occur on this road during the summer months.

Camping Notes
Plenty of nearby National Forest campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from.


Granite Creek Hot Spring was a welcome hot soak during the crisp fall morning. The previous night went into single digits early on, which made the hot spring feel that much better. We soaked briefly with a traveler from California on his way to Yellowstone, hitting as many hot springs along the way.
Rating B+

We were a little early in the season for our visit to Granite Creek Hot Spring. The Middle Fork Boise River was running high, and subsequently the pools of Granite Creek were semi-submerged. A soak might have been possible if the pools were dug out and re-damned. There are campsites nearby along the river but not any right across the road from the spring.
Rating X

Average Rating: B+


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