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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: Lightfoot Hot Springs
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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: X
5,400 ft Water Temperature: n/a
20mi from Featherville, ID Usage Level: Ultra Low

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09.2001: The decoy HS and sign (and my dog)

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Pool Condition
Dirt lined pools in a weed infested area with slit and algae laden bottoms.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
09.2001 low low

Water Clarity:
Murky - Dark


Slight Odor

Wildlife Sighted: Deer, Elk and Moose

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date in May depends on snow level)
Camping Notes
There are many primitive and official camping opportunities nearby, but not at the springs.


Lightfoot wasn't in too great of shape. It wasn't trashed or anything horrible like that, but the pools were quite stagnant. I'm not talking about the springs in the picture either, the ones next to the road with the sign. The ones I speak of lie on the wrong side of the river. We hiked out to them and found them alright. Unfortunately my camera's batteries were long dead. I think some major re-construction needs to be done to breath new life into these pools, if possible. Lightfoot is reachable via dirt forest road, pack bridge and then a small hike... or, you can ford the South Fork of the Boise River (not advised during spring run-off) if you wish.
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