There are primitive sites nearby, the
closest official campground is at Panther Creek.
Panther was scenic to say the least. There was a HUGE waist-deep soaker
which was full of goobers and thousands of tadpoles (hot springs frogs??),
a cozy sauna hut built out of rocks and a nice little 2-3
person soaking pool that was perfect. There were a few other pools as well
but their temperatures were not optimal for soaking. Once again, we lucked out and had
the whole place to ourselves! Woo hoo! I really liked the scenery, not too
mention the little caves that had hot water gushing out of them which
thermal stream that fed the smaller pools below the HUGE pool.
just a couple years ago the HUGE pool was the primary soaking pool, but
that all changed after a stream blowout in 2001. Currently, the HUGE pool
is too cool for soaking... plus, there's all the mud and tadpoles. If anyone knows exactly what kind of frog this is
please contact me. The lower,
smaller pool was in excellent soaking condition. I've heard that the
Forest Service has plans to 'clean-up' the HUGE pool, and I've also heard
that this area has been hurt badly by developments made at the site within
the last few years. Hmmmm.
One more thing to report, using your sleeping
bag to dam a pool is not such a good idea... someone must have been
desperate for a soak because we found a sleeping bag stuffed in the lower
pool that was used as a makeshift dam. Crap was floating around the pool all over
the place from the deteriorated bag.