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About the Webmaster (HSG)

The Hot Springs GuyHSG has been kicking around the backcountry of the northwest since the late 90s, always in search of the next stellar soak. He’s been the webmaster of since the beginning; posting trip reports, pictures, videos and access updates from his own personal journeys.

Aside from literally hundreds of hot springs ‘qualifications’, he has department of water quality (DEQ) watershed and geothermal energy training, and can actually tell you if a hot springs is ‘safe to soak’ – in addition to the history, social attitudes and accessibility information for almost any hot springs in the northwest. He has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and Sunset magazines as well as regional television segments for his environmental stewardship and constant advocacy for protecting public lands, roadless areas and hot springs.

Not everything on this website is directly from HSG; as National Forest, BLM, hot springs volunteer groups and Commercial Hot Springs contacts actively report access and condition information to HSG for dissemination.

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No Soap, Shampoo or BIO-Soap/Shampoo Allowed in Hot Springs! Avoid Being Fined!

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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