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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Indian Bathtub II Hot Springs
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Bruneau River Area Overall Rating: C+
2,800 ft Water Temperature: 93 to 96
Near Bruneau, ID Usage Level: Moderate-Heavy

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10.12.03: Upper HS & Pool


10.12.03: Lower HS & Pool
 


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Pool Condition
Rock-walled with a semi-soft gravel/sand bottom.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
10.12.03 TONS! moderate
03.27.03 TONS! moderate

Water Clarity:
Clear

Visibility:
Low-Moderate

Odor(s):
None Noticed

Wildlife Sighted: Mule Deer

Seasonal Notes
Road could turn into muck-pots in rain (4x4 recommended) / road may be washed out, if so, you may drive up to the other side of the HS and ford the Bruneau River.
Camping Notes
There is 1 small camping site in the cave above the pool and moderate camping on the cliff above the pool. Other campsites can be found nearby along the river.

Briefings

10.12.03
Very scenic, if I rated on scenery alone I would most definitely have to elevate my rating of this HS. So far I've found 3 different ways to get to this place. The 2 of the 3 routes take you down a semi-steep 4x4 road to the springs that has only 1 tricky spot, while the 3rd route takes you to the other side of the Brunuea River and requires a ford across to the hot springs. Both the upper and lower pools were beautiful and inviting, however their temperatures forbid any long-term soaking. The upper pool has a sweet campsite located a few feet above the pool nestled inside a cave, while the lower pool is dug-out right next to the river. There are also 2 large fire pits and ample level ground for additional camping. Sadly, the upper pool area was trashed, and I mean trashed.

It should be noted as well that these hot springs are not in fact the original Indian Bathtub hot springs. Years ago the original hot spring lost it's flow due to the local farmers using aquifers to irrigate their fields. This type of irrigation led to the Hot Springs Snail being put on the Federal Endangered Species list. Luckily for hot springers, this second spring located just downstream from the original was noticed and realized.
Rating C+

03.27.03
This HS proved to be a bit of a trick to find... at least for me it was. Luckily I was armed with my new best friend... my trusty GPS. In all actuality, if I would have followed my directions correctly I would have ended up on a washed-out road anyway. As luck would have it, my GPS coordinates were off. However, a bit of hiking around eventually brought me to a crest above the Bruneau River where I was able to spot the HS on the other side.... *sigh* Unfortunately, by the time we found this one the sun was beating down and the daytime temps influenced us to only soak our legs. I look forward to revisiting this HS in the future.
Rating C+

Overall Rating: C+

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