Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs
by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)
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The trail was well kept and clean. After the long walk in, the hot springs are well worth the walk. The only real downside was that they were somewhat crowded...interestingly enough though, when we were there, clothing was "optional".
Sno-pack only 25% of normal this winter w/ night temp of 10 F and sunny days at 35 F. Icy trail and poles recommended. Short, scenic hike heavily peopled on weekends due to proximity of U Of MT, Missoula. Several small pretty pools that didn't tempt me to soak my 'roids as I like water temp of 140 F or higher - may be better in the Summer. Can hike a couple miles further to the Falls. For a better experience try Stanley hot springs further West off Hwy 12; moderate difficulty and about seven miles up a roaring crick. Prepare to meet horses and again busier on the weekends.
The springs themselves are gorgeous, great scernery, nice 100 degree or so temp. Sadly, the area sees a lot of abuse from users and is heavily polluted. Personally, I would advise looking for a different backcountry soak.
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