Panther Big Creek Hot Springs

Shoup, Idaho 83469

Panther Big Creek Hot Springs

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."

Panther (Big Creek) Hot Springs Reviews

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8/21/2015 Last night some friends of mine went to this hot springs. Their dogs (labs) bounded into the scalding water, and when their owner tried to rescue them he was severely burned. Both dogs died, and he was life flighted to Seattle. Please be cautious, and always leash your dogs. It is a very sad day in their house.
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The hot springs are located at geocoordinates 45.30593 N 114.33921 W. A one-lane, well-graded forest road #60 takes you to within 100 yards of the springs. The distance along this road to the springs from Panther Creek Road is 3.9 miles. There are areas graded alongside the road to pull off and park your vehicle. From there, a 5 minute walk downhill along the stream bed takes you to the springs. The dirt road was covered with about 4 inches of snow, but easily passable in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Snow chains would likely be required if the snow is much deeper. There are several pools and a steam tent located at the largest fumerole. I tried out one of the pools downstream and found it had a lot of loose silt and mud. Recommend visitors bring along a plastic bucket or shovel to clear away some of the mud/silt.
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It was a great setting back in the middle of nowhere. We saw a lot of wildlife, and it was secluded. As for the hotsprings, we didnt get in. We camped a little ways away from the actual springs and we built a nice fire. If you want to be secluded this is the place for you. Easy hike down to the spring, you can see it from the road. It was early april and the roads were fine.

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Salmon / Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest
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Sep 2018