Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon
by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)
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This was a great hike! It is 2.5 miles one way. The grade was moderate but there were some trail hazards to look out for. Bring some water shoes for the hot springs and an extra pair of shorts. The air temp was 55 deg F and the hot spring was 100 deg F. The first hot spring was the easiest to get in an out of but there are a few more springs that are tucked away down the trail.
Trail is a great trail, however, there was snow on the ground in places still so it made it more challenging in some areas. The fallen trees made it hard to stay on the actual trail. I have been back since and the area has been worked on so trails are doing even better. :)
I have certainly been to nicer and less crowded wilderness hot springs, but when you live on the olympic peninsula you dont have that many options. This is a nice hike with a tasty carrot at the end of it. The pools were crowded when we went there and the sulfer seemed stornger than other times, but it was nice anyways. The highlight was the dip in boulder creek at the end of the soak. It was cool and refreshing compared to the hot, calm waters of the olympic hot springs. I would still recomend it but only if the parking area is near empty.
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