Wildlife Sighted: Bull
All of the pools submerge during spring runoff. The seasonal Forest Service Road is
closed in winter; snowmobile, ski or snowshoe access only.
Excellent primitive camping opportunities
along the forest service road between the hot springs and highway
21, and great official camping at Grandjean Campground, no camping at the springs.
Beautiful day, every last pool was submerged due to spring runoff.
We lucked out and the FSR was open! Woo hoo! However, the pools were
either way too hot or way too cold. This place can be tricky, but
beautiful none the less.
Not too bad. I barley recognized this place upon arrival. I was here
slightly over a month ago and everything looked so different! Last time
there were 3 soakable pools, this time we counted 7 total soakable
pools. Sadly though, extreme blasts of sizzling hot and rigid cold water
(much worse than 07.01.02) plagued each and every pool. There was one
pool that I thought had potential when it cooled off more outside. This
is the first time I have been able to see the actual blasts of heat in
the water at any HS! You could literally watch the heat patterns
traveling though the pools, which was helpful I might add. We lucked out
and got to witness a handful of Bull Trout shooting up the Bear Valley
Creek near Fir Creek CG, it was amazing... a couple of them that were
moving much faster than the others and looked like 2 torpedoes blasting
All of the larger pools were still submerged due to spring run-off, but luckily there were 3
shallow but wide soakers that had been dug out slightly above the others that seemed very usable.
The pool by the river was at a near perfect temperature. I say 'near' perfect because there were semi-frequent blasts of hot and cold which were easily dealt with by an occasional swirling motion. The bottom of the pools were lined with river rock and gravel with no slick stuff or silt anywhere to be seen. The water was very clear and no sulfur or other smells were noticed. We lucked out having this to ourselves for almost a couple hours. Upon our arrival we witnessed 6 women and a couple heading the opposite direction, and just as we were leaving we ran into two couples that were
just as drunk as you can imagine. They nearly drove right off the edge of
the small cliff when pulling up, not too mention parking so that the rear of their truck almost blocked the road save for a small hole that only smaller vehicles could pass through. I noticed that the submerged pools have quite a bit of depth to them, and think they will be prime-time soaks sometime around late August. It was great to see the grounds around the source and springs clear from trash. There also seemed to be a lot of wildlife in the area. The mosquitoes didn't seem to be around, but then again I was covered in bug juice due to a recent
experience at Vulcan HS.
Average Rating: B