Potosi Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Not many people travel to this section of the Tobacco Root Range, but those who do can take advantage of several hiking trails to pristine lakes. These lakes are set beneath rugged cliffs that provide spectacular homes to mountain goat herds throughout the summer. The range is not the highest in the state, but it is steep, and pitches of over 45 degrees are not uncommon. The not-quite-a-ghost-town of Pony is perched in a narrow opening and is a pleasant stop before heading deeper into the mountains. A few reminders of the area’s short-lived silver-mining history are scattered along the drive to the campground, but they pale in comparison to the peaceful scenery that just keeps on getting better.
A big plus is the lure of the hot springs. A larger springs is on private property and part of Potosi Hot Springs Resort, but the public upper springs can be reached from the campground trailhead on the east side of the creek. Follow the easy first mile of Trail 308 along South Willow Creek, and when the creek widens, start looking along the creek bed for the log fencing enclosing the hot springs. Climb through the fencing to access the springs. Both are small, and a group of six will fill them to capacity."