North of Crouch Idaho, near the Middle Fork
Payette River and just before Moondipper Hot Springs you'll find Lil
Dipper. It's not worthy of a soak due to low flow and moderate
Murky / Goobers
Deer, Elk and Moose
The Forest Service Road that provides access to the trailhead is snow covered all
winter until approximately late April or mid-May.
Primitive and official
campgrounds are all over the place. There is a great primitive site
directly above the hot springs source.
I hiked past, paused at and noticed Lil Dipper on many visits to
this area and finally decided to document it. See the general
description above for details, this is not a soakable hot springs. Rating:
No Soap, Shampoo or BIO-Soap/Shampoo
Allowed in Hot Springs! Avoid Being Fined!
Public hot springs are not bathing facilities
and do not have 'plumbing' like that of commercial, improved hot springs. Soap and shampoo (including biodegradable soap and shampoo) do not completely breakdown
naturally. This pollutes our water systems (ingested by fish, animals, humans)
at or near the source. This is also illegal in most wilderness and public lands areas.