Council Mountain Laurel Hot Springs

Council, Idaho 83612

Council Mountain Laurel Hot Springs

Council Mountain (Laurel) Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike climbing to hidden hot pools in a wooded ravine. Swimwear superfluous. Warm Springs Trail is a steep and steady climb above the east bank of Warm Springs Creek, but a canopy of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir shades the way. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes in the summertime. The creek forks 2 miles upstream where the path drops to cross the water and continues up the other side.

The hot springs, with a telltale border of orange algae, cascade down the rocky bank at the crossing. The hot springs: A shallow steamer at the base of the cascade checks in at 106 degrees F, and the springs above it are so hot that my digital thermometer stopped registering. A few yards downstream, the combined flow of hot and cold currents swirls down a slick waterslide into a bubbly Jacuzzi, and from there down yet another slide into the largest pool. The pool temperatures rise through the summer months as the creek flow diminishes."

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Trail Information

Council
Nearby City
4
Distance
720 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hot Springs
Features
Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest
Local Contacts
Council Mountain USGS. Payette National Forest, West half.
Local Maps

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Aug 2018