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Panther (Big Creek) Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Evie Litton, Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
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