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Molly's Tubs Hot Springs in Idaho

Season: Summer, Fall Type: R (roadside)
Boise National Forest Overall Rating: C-
5,200 ft Water Temperature: Varies/Adjustable
Warm Lake Area Usage Level: High
  pH: 7+

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One of the sources at Molly's Tubs
Mid-Sept. 2012 One of the sources

Molly's Tubs Natural Pool (no more tubs)
Mid-Sept. 2012 A natural pool has formed where the tubs used to sit

10.01.05: Sweet!

06.10.02: Tub'in

06.10.02: I think I'll pass on these ones

06.10.02: More muck and rust filled tubs

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[ View 09.15.08 Molly's Tubs Hot springs Video Clip ]

General Description
Pick a tub, any tub - creek side rock pool formation visible but submerged during runoff. Tubs are brought in and out on a semi-regular basis. Sadly, many rusted old tubs are cast aside - left to rot in the forest.

2009 UPDATE - The tubs are gone! Due to overuse and abuse the Forest Service dismantled and removed the tubs. There are now two, shallow, seasonal pools available for soaking.

Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
Mid-Sept 2012 none (!) none
07.15.09 none EXTREME
09.15.08 low low
10.01.05 low none
06.10.02 low none

Water Clarity:



Wildlife Sighted: Deer & Elk

Seasonal Notes
Accessible all year - dirt forest is not plowed during winter; access on horseback or snowshoe.

Camping Notes
Plenty of official and primitive Boise National Forest camping nearby - no camping at the springs.

Trip Reports

Mid-Sept. 2012
No trash, no tubs, but there ARE two (rather silty) natural pools taking shape down by the river.
Rating: C-

The tubs are really gone! And, so is the trash. Plus, there are two new shallow-soakers that are pretty much good to go.
Rating: C-

Not much new to report here... tubs and temps in good soaking condition. Check out the video for more.
Rating: B+

02.27.08 News Update: Molly's Tubs Shot-Up

Molly's Tubs are looking quite good these days; the condition of the tubs have improved since my last visit. For some reason, despite all of the other nearby soaking ops, Molly's Tubs remains one of the most popular soaks in the area. There were two ladies and one of their children enjoying a couple hot tubs upon our arrival. This place is usually jam-packed with high-end SUVs, cars etc. I think it's become somewhat 'trendy' to soak in the tubs of late.
Rating: B

The water seemed hot enough, but we were in a rush to some other hot springs in the area so only a quick leg soak was in order during our visit. There was an outline of a rock walled pool at the creek's edge despite it being submerged in the last of the spring run-off. No camping signs are posted around the hot springs.
Rating: C+

Average Rating: B

Traffic Reports

One vehicle on the way in and one on the way out.

08.04.06 & 08.05.06
No vehicles at the tubs on the 4th, and only 1 SUV on the 5th despite heavy amounts of area recreational users.

Woah! What's the deal here? This place was slammin both times I cruised on by. High-end SUVs littered the road; there was just enough room for me to squeeze though.

Steady light traffic to and from the springs during the day.


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