Moondipper Hot Springs and Pine Burl Hot Spring

Crouch, Idaho 83622

Moondipper Hot Springs and Pine Burl Hot Spring

Moondipper Hot Springs and Pine Burl Hot Spring Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A double feature playing near the Middle Fork Payette River. A bathing suit/birthday suit mix. Moondipper and Pine Burl enjoy a setting worthy of their captivating names. Two separate springs at 120 degrees F flow down the banks of a creek just above the river into a pair of scenic soakers spaced 200 feet apart along the tree-studded canyon. Both get swamped during high water, but are well worth a bit of annual maintenance.

Moondipper and Pine Burl enjoy a setting worthy of their captivating names. Two separate springs at 136 degrees F flow down the banks of a creek just above the river into a pair of scenic soakers spaced 50 yards apart along the tree-studded canyon. Both get swamped during high water but are well worth a bit of annual maintenance."

Moondipper Hot Springs and Pine Burl Hot Spring Trip Reports

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5/5/2018
The hike to the springs is easy although it's eroded in some spots so you may have to scramble a bit to get back to the trail. The springs themselves are ok but the hike has some lovely scenery, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom and the Payette River.
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7/14/2017
My husband and I are in our early 60s. We're fit and active. I'd seen this hike described as "easy" and good for families and children in a guidebook; however, I would definitely not take small children on this hike, and I'd be wary of taking inexperienced older children or adults as well.

The trail forks to either side of the river right about at the Boiling Springs cabin. We took the upper trail. While not intense switchbacks, it's quite narrow in places, with a steep slope to the Payette River. You go up and down over a series of hills, some of which are very steep and slippery. A portion of the trail is completely gone, due to the bad winter of 2016-17, requiring us to scramble across a slope over downed trees and slippery dirt. We were "skiing" down in squatting position to avoid falling.

If you take the lower trail along the river, you must cross the river several times, so take shoes that can get wet.

Once you get to Dash Creek (there's no sign - it's just the biggest creek you've come across) it's easier to cross the creek, I think, then keep a lookout for the actual springs. The hot spring pools are small circles where people have arranged rocks, and a pipe comes into one pool, so don't expect a big swimming hole, and you might have to dig silt out of the pool, or rearrange the rocks to make a pool.

The hike is beautiful - great views, plenty of shade, and hot water or cold water to dip into.

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Trail Information

Crouch
Nearby City
4
Distance
80 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Hot Springs
Features
Emmett Ranger District, Boise National Forest
Local Contacts
Boiling Springs and Bull Creek Hot Springs USGS. Boise National Forest.
Local Maps

Trail Log