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Home: Idaho Hot Springs: West Pass Hot Spring
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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: B-
6,800 ft Water Temperature: Adjustable
Near Clayton, ID / E Fork Salmon River Usage Level: Low-Moderate

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05.13.03: Nice view

05.13.03: Hot water down below... spooky!

Up | Down | Top | Bottom
Pool Condition
3 bathtubs.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
05.13.03 light none

Water Clarity:
Clear (lime green tint)


Moderate Sulfer

Wildlife Sighted: Deer & Badgers

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal road open from May 1st through December 1st.
Camping Notes
There are a few primitive sites near the springs (not very private). Also many other official camping opportunities and additional primitive sites accessible from the main road.


The 3 tubs at WP HS are fed by an old mine shaft courtesy of some rubber hoses. You can vary the temperature of your soak by diverting the hoses and waiting for the water to cool off. An old cabin lies in ruins nearby, and the white rock lined West Pass Creek looks beautiful in the sun. There was a moderate sulfer smell coming from the water. Above the tubs is a peek-hole into the mine shaft which is hard to see in due to the steam rising from all of the hot water... very cool to look at none the less. We had WP all to ourselves and didn't even see anyone in the area on our way back to the highway.
Rating: B-

Average Rating: B-

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Public hot springs are not bathing facilities and do not have 'plumbing' like that of commercial, improved hot springs. Soap and shampoo (including biodegradable soap and shampoo) do not completely breakdown naturally. This pollutes our water systems (ingested by fish, animals, humans) at or near the source. This is also illegal in most wilderness and public lands areas.

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