Deer, Elk, Butterflies, Birds of Prey
Fording the Secesh River limits access to this hot springs until
late summer, usually starting mid to late July until the snow falls
(anytime between Sept.-Nov.). Winter access could be possible with a
snowmobile (to the TH) and snowshoes to the hot springs; but fording
the river would prove crazy this time of year.
There's 1 fairly large and
semi-flat, grassy campsite next to the river way below the hot
springs. There is no camping up-top near the hot springs: no open or
remotely flat space. Please use the existing primitive camp; there's
no need to create another campsite. There are other primitive
camping opportunities near and at Loon Lake and at the trailhead
Trip Reports, Accessibility and Usage
A little reworking has taken place at Secesh Hot Springs, northeast of McCall, Idaho. Smaller pools have been disassembled in favor of a larger primary pool. Initial qualifications have been favorable.
09.03.05 - 09.05.05
Our 3-day backpacking trip to Secesh Hot Springs was a blast! In
addition to the hot springs, we also hiked out and around Loon Lake
among the horde of day hikers, mountain bikers and motorbikes to the
wreckage of a downed WWII B-23 Dragon Bomber that crashed on January
29, 1943. Everyone survived the crash and following ordeal -
according to the historical sign; which didn't help the
credibility of my (made up) ghost story of the Bomber crew walking
the trails at night.
After fording the Secesh
River we left the crowds behind, our packs at the primitive campsite
and headed up the steep mountain side to the hot springs. That was
quite a hike; much more difficult than the 4 mile hike in. The near
vertical hike is a maze of faint trails blocked by downed trees and
slides. We cleaned up the algae and goober laden pools and enjoyed
many grade A, perfect temperature soaks. A slight detraction was the
presence of Red Spider Mites.