Stanley Hot Springs

Lowell, Idaho 83539

Stanley Hot Springs

Stanley Hot Springs Professional Guide

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"A rugged day hike or overnighter to soaks in an age-old forest, in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Swimwear optional. Water steams out of a canyon bank at 120 degrees F, tumbles through a chain of delectable hot pools, then continues past the trail to the creek below.

Each pool is lined with logs that form a triangular enclosure, and the temperature can be fine-tuned by shifting rocks to admit as much cold water as desired. Enjoy your stay, but please treat the fragile ecosystem around the springs with the respect it deserves. Remember to practice low-impact camping techniques."

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"Stanley Hot Springs is far and away the most popular destination for day hikers in the Wilderness Gateway area. It provides good scenic value and overall is a more challenging hike than the perennially popular but loved-to-death Weir Creek and Jerry Johnson Hot Springs found elsewhere in the Clearwater National Forest. The collapse and washout of footbridges that formerly spanned Boulder Creek has rendered the hike unsafe until midsummer. This trail traverses heavily forested ridgeline country at the northern periphery of the Elk Summit roadless area. A land of high water tables, undulating woodlands, and wet meadows, the Elk Summit has long enjoyed support for wilderness designation. Its scenic merits lie squarely within the Walton Lakes basin, the opportunity to observe local elk and moose in the marshy meadows accessed from this trail more than compensates for an initial lack of scenic interest. For this reason the description below follows the longer route from Savage Pass rather than a much shorter north-western approach from the vicinity of Tom Beal Park. The trail is closed to all motorized vehicles."

Stanley Hot Springs Trip Reports

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This is a good hike to combine with an overnight camping trip. The trail is muddy in some spots and the water crossing is not for beginners! We took our time doing it and made it successfully. There's not a lot of shade on some sections of the hike so getting wet during the crossing was actually nice. The hot springs are worth it. At first glance they look a bit dirty but the water feels great, especially after a strenuous day of hiking.
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easy, four 1/2 mile hike, with about 1300ft climb to a beautiful little valley. found no one ther during the week and by saturday 15 peole showed up. some wear clothes some don't but all are very cool people. Out of the four pools you can sit in the best one is the 2nd from the bottom. it can fit 12 people and sets at about 99 degrees. the pool up from there has a large log that provides a bit of privacy for couples. very nice campsites all around with a large cold creek near by.

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Trail Information

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1,620 feet
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Hot Springs
Lochsa Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest
Local Contacts
Huckleberry Butte USGS. Clearwater National Forest.
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