Panther Big Creek Hot Springs

Shoup, Idaho

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A Texas-style soaker on a grassy hillside near a dirt road. Skinnydippable with discretion. On a hillside edged by ponderosa pines, users have carved out a huge waist-deep soaking pool and dug trenches to regulate the temperature. Scalding water at up to 199 degrees F channels toward the pool but can be diverted by adjusting rocks. A small cold water source also funnels in, and the balance is critical. The system works fine unless someone there before you starts tinkering and messes up the plumbing. Panther’s at its best in cooler weather and shines on through the winter months. The final road gets icy about halfway up, but locals often walk the last half for a steamy winter soak. For those into steam heat, there’s even a sauna hut built from rocks. The nearest campground is down on Panther Creek.
Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

by Evie Litton (Falcon Guides)

A Texas-style soaker on a grassy hillside near a dirt road. Skinnydippable with discretion. On a hillside edged by ponderosa pines, users have carved out a huge waist-deep soaking pool and dug trenches to regulate the temperature. Scalding water at up to 199 degrees F channels toward the pool but can be diverted by adjusting rocks.

A small cold water source also funnels in, and the balance is critical. The system works fine unless someone there before you starts tinkering and messes up the plumbing. Panther’s at its best in cooler weather and shines on through the winter months. The final road gets icy about halfway up, but locals often walk the last half for a steamy winter soak. For those into steam heat, there’s even a sauna hut built from rocks. The nearest campground is down on Panther Creek.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shoup
Distance: 0
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Salmon / Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Local Maps: Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Topo Map: Panther (Big Creek) Hot Springs Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/21/2015

8/21/2015 Last night some friends of mine went to this hot springs. Their dogs (labs) bounded into the scalding water, and when their owner tried to rescue them he was severely burned. Both dogs died, and he was life flighted to Seattle. Please be cautious, and always leash your dogs. It is a very sad day in their house.

1/21/2007

The hot springs are located at geocoordinates 45.30593 N 114.33921 W. A one-lane, well-graded forest road #60 takes you to within 100 yards of the springs. The distance along this road to the springs from Panther Creek Road is 3.9 miles. There are areas graded alongside the road to pull off and park your vehicle. From there, a 5 minute walk downhill along the stream bed takes you to the springs. The dirt road was covered with about 4 inches of snow, but easily passable in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Snow chains would likely be required if the snow is much deeper. There are several pools and a steam tent located at the largest fumerole. I tried out one of the pools downstream and found it had a lot of loose silt and mud. Recommend visitors bring along a plastic bucket or shovel to clear away some of the mud/silt.

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