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Sharkey (Tendoy) Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide
"A hot spring with a colorful past, on a dirt road above the Lemhi Valley. Keep swimwear handy. The news at Sharkey is that the BLM has come to the rescue. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2001 is a new concrete pool that will hold ten to twelve soakers. Cooler water will be piped into the pool along with the hot. The temperature will be adjustable, and the pool should be usable nearly year-round. An outhouse/changing room will be installed at the site. The setting is a sagebrush slope with no shade tree in sight, so wait for a cool day to fully enjoy it."
--Evie Litton, Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
Sharkey is cleaned weekly on Wednesday mornings. The BLM tries to keep the pools at 105F but ambient conditions (like subzero weather) can dictate pool temps.
The hot springs was easy to get to and was very clean. Only one other car was present while I was there. The water was comfortably warm and clean, but was not hot. Since I enjoy hotter soaks, it was a slight disappointment, but at about 103 degrees, it was still a pleasure. A side trip would be a drive of about 15 miles up the mountain to the pass wehere Lewis and Clark first entered what is not Idaho.
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