Wildlife Sighted: Many snakes, black bear, deer, elk,
moose and mountain lion
Main access roads only open July-October
(sometimes November) or August-September depending on which way you are
Decent camping close to
the hot springs - there are 2 small (1-2 tents) sites amongst thorn
bushes and tall grass.
07.17.07 - 07.19.07
It's always great to be back in the Frank Church River of No Return
Wilderness, even better to be able to spend some time at Shower
Bath. You have to pay your dues to get here, and then again in the
form of storms, but in my case - entirely worth it. I hold
backpacking to hot springs miles away from nowhere above all else.
Unbelievable... Shower Bath is so awesome that it gets my rare "A+"
rating. We began our trek at the Phillips Creek Transfer Camp after
spending the night at the nearby Tin Cup Campground. Then, it was on to
the Upper Loon Hot Springs via Loon Creek Trail. After the Loons we
continued on past Owen Cabin and hot springs of the same name where we
then hung a right onto Warm Springs Creek Trail. The trail took us past
Triple Creek Hot Springs (Foster Ranch), the old
Warm Springs Ranger Cabin, Warm Springs Creek Hot Springs, though the
narrows and finally to the coveted Shower Bath Hot Springs. Not to mention
8 (!) stream fords!
consisted of a copious amount of huge fissures erupting with hot water that
the rock face into many pools. All of the hot water eventually drains into a
warm creek that runs into Warm Springs Creek creating an island which has
2 really sweet campsites on premises. This HS was truly remarkable, there's
no place like it... anywhere.