Roaring River Hot Springs Video Clip ]
Steamy, roadside soaking in a
variety of rock-walled pools await the intrepid hot springer. The
vast complex emanates heat from multiple locations. However, the
small and shallow pools have varied temperatures, need rebuilding
after spring runoff and relocation after the river lever recedes
(too hot!). There may or may not be something worth while to soak
in, but there is plenty of opportunity abound.
Pools are typically small, shallow soakers dug out near or at the
river edge where hot meets cold. Once a suitable pool is found or
designed, soakers can then enjoy a traditional hot/cold swirling
soak where it is often necessary to stir the pool to maintain an
adequate soaking temperature.
The majority of roads into the Atlanta area close during winter save for one
route which is sketchy at best most winters especially given the
large amount of accidents that occur on this road during the summer
months. Note: The Middle Fork Boise River Road is a rough one - this
is one of my least favorite roads to drive on in Idaho due to the
insane washboards. Something to keep in mind. During the summer you
can cut down on the drive time by taking on of the many FSR off
State HWY 21 to the Middle Fork Road.
Plenty of nearby National Forest campgrounds and primitive sites to choose from
up and down the road.
There was a light amount of trash left from the overnight
party-people types. I've actually had recent reports of a trash bear
at the hot springs but found no evidence this trip. And yes, there
was a moderate sized pool situated just right for a qualifying soak,
albeit a tad silty. Not too bad sitting out in plain view of the
road this time of the year.
Roaring River was more like a dull roar for me. While very scenic,
the majority of the pools were unusable and clearly visible from the
Boise Middle Fork Road. The geothermal complex is fairly large,
emanating hot spring water from multiple locations. Most of the
pools were either freezing, silt-filled, boiling or poorly designed.
There was one worthy soak, but not really that worthy. It was hot
enough, but small and shallow in addition to having somewhat low
water movement. There was however, plenty of potential. Soaking next
to a fairly busy forest road in lack-luster pools isn't really my
spot of tea, and really why should it be with so many other stellar
soaks nearby. This one is worth a check-out though, and you may just
luck out and find a big, juicy steamy soak waiting.