Deer and Elk
Be wary of the mud and rock slides that are a common occurrence
along the Banks-Lowman Highway. The dirt road to Little Anderson
off the Banks-Lowman Highway is not maintained and often impassible
during the winter season.
Plenty of Boise National Forest camping
nearby, no sites next to the hot springs.
I had my fingers crossed. It didn't work though, shoot! After 5
years I had hoped Little Anderson Hot Spring was in better shape. I
was wrong. More trash, ATV damage everywhere and the hot spring pool
and surrounding area was even more trashed. Someone cut down a tree
and threw it into the pool along with a bunch of other garbage. Poor
Little Anderson. I would need a week out here with a few more sets
of hands just to pick up all of the trash, for starters. Once upon a
time (see 04.17.03 update), LA was clean and clear. Not so anymore.
If you are in the area, drop by, fill up a couple bags - we'll
eventually get all of that crap out of there!
UPDATE: Little Anderson hasn't always been trashed. Recent discussion with a
long-time local spoke of days when this HS was as clear as a bell.
Apparently a lady from New Zealand used to be somewhat of a caretaker of
She, allegedly, is responsible for the care of many of Idaho's HS once
upon a time. She drove and camped her way from one to the
next, all the while rebuilding, restoring and removing trash from the
hot springs. I wish more people could at least pick up trash or restrain
from littering. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 'like' minds will
prevail. I still
remember how sad of shape it was in during my last visit.
Not too bad... We were surprised to have this one all to ourselves. Last time through
this area a large RV and handful of cars deterred us from a stopover. I
later found out that some guy lived in the RV, even through the
winter without heat.
Short hike, decent soak, lots of trash and mediocre soaking conditions
made me think this to be a below average HS. There is however, plenty of
potential. Plus, the pool's
temperature is near perfect for optimal soaking. Bring your foot gear as
hot water enters this HS through the bottom of the pool.
Got about half way there then hit too much snow to continue.