Elk and Moose
The Forest Service Road that provides access is snow covered all
winter until approximately May. During the summer this is ORV
country, expect legions kicking up dirt and dust all over the road.
Possible snowmobile access during winter months.
There is a flat, sizeable campsite just
a bit further past the springs as
well as another further up the main trail before you depart up the
creek to Moondipper. There are also many primitive and official
camping opportunities accessible from the forest road.
Yuk! The pool was mucky and silty, temps were all over the place...
what happened here?
I camped near more people than ever before on this trip verses all
previous backpacking trips made in Idaho. After about an hour I
found the last primitive near the hot springs, which turned out to
be pretty lame. Blasts of searing hot 118 degree water mixed with
blasts of staggering 96 degree water plagued the pool and made way
for a fairly strenuous soak. Meaning tired arms from non-stop
stirring. It was obvious someone had been tinkering. Aside from all
the people, lack-luster hot springs and insane forest road traffic -
it's always nice to be out here; my primitive site was perched near
a mountain top coupled with a scenic view of the river valley below.
What a great time of the year for a hike and a soak. Pine Burl
proved to be in excellent shape, a large improvement over the last
time I was here. Even better - no trash was found! Wow! Another plus
was that the silt levels are way down as well. However, I attribute
this to usage - the last time I visited I was probably one of the
first to see the hot springs after it sat un-used all winter. The
temps. were great, my thermometer was detecting near optimal soaking
temps. around 103º - my body was able to confirm (: Good job
everyone! This place, despite moderate use, has been taken good care
After visiting Moondipper
HS, Pine Burl provided even more enjoyment. This tasty little soaker is well
built. It got too hot during the afternoon for us to continue soaking, especially with the sun shining directly on us. A little shade would have gone a long way that day. All in all, this is a great HS. Find Moondipper, hike a tad upstream and
there you go.