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Sawtooth National Forest Overall Rating: A
5,600 ft Water Temperature: Varies per pool per season
Fairfield / Smoky Mountains Area Usage Level: Moderate

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08.29.04: Pool next to log-damned pool

08.29.04: Large log-damned pool

08.29.04: Culvert pool with swing

08.29.04: Culvert pool from above

08.29.04: Culvert pool again

08.29.04: Pool below the source pool

05.12.02: Large log-damned pool

05.12.02: Hot creek below uppermost source pool

05.12.02: Uppermost source pool w/ tons of Elk doo-doo

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Pool Condition
A variety of log and rock damned pools with sand/gravel/rocky bottoms.
Dates Visited: Trash Levels: Bug Levels:
08.29.04 moderate moderate
05.12.02 light none

Water Clarity:


Slight Odor

Wildlife Sighted: Deer and elk

Seasonal Notes
Seasonal Forest Road closure from October through mid-May (open date in May depends on snow level). Prime soaking season is between late July and late October.
Camping Notes
No campsites around the spring, but plenty of campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from in the surrounding Sawtooth National Forest. Some folks do however opt to camp in the large dirt parking lot.


During late season Worswick is da Bomb! Wow! There's pools and hot water all over the place. Take your pick from the surrounding area. You can soak on the hill, where you can choose from a huge log-damned pool which does have moderate amounts of goobers, a smaller pool next to the large log-damned pool is scoured clean jacuzzi-style because of the high volume of water flow and finally a decent pool below the uppermost source pool provides for an average soak with above average views.

At the base of the hill you can soak in a pool (with swing!) just below the main road at the base of a large culvert. Further downstream of the hot creek and outflow from the culvert pool lies yet another soaking opportunity. Come during late season though, because during spring the temperatures are just too cool aside from the uppermost source pool (see below briefing to see why you don't want to soak in this pool). All things considered, this was awesome!

There was light traffic to and from the springs once mid-afternoon arrived.
Rating A

Every pool below the highest pool was too cool for a soak. But, the upper pool was filled with Elk doo doo and a couple chunks of flesh anyway, which deterred us from taking a much wished for soak. The surrounding area seemed devoid of trash save for the campers mentioned in the Skillern HS Trip Report. I'd expect conditions to improve greatly over the next month.
Rating X

Average Rating: A

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