Borax Lake and Borax Hot Springs

Fields, Oregon 97710

Borax Lake and Borax Hot Springs

Borax Lake and Borax Hot Springs Professional Guide

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"A string of more than a dozen hot springs that march north along a fault line in the Oregon desert. The thermal water from the southernmost hot springs creates the 5-acre warm-water Borax Lake.

Te desert heat in July and August can be brutal—a September or October visit may be the most pleasant time of year for a visit. No dogs are allowed on the property, so leave your puppy behind.

PLEASE NOTE: The Nature Conservancy doesn't permit soaking in Borax Lake or the nearby hot springs."

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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides)
Evie Litton
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"A day hike or mountain bike ride to a salty thermal lake and hot pots in a desert valley. Skinnydippable with discretion. Superheated, 196-degree F water gushes up through vents in the bottom of Middle Borax Lake, cooling as it disperses, to a temperature in the mid-80s that varies in different parts of the lake and times of year. It’s a modest lake, only about 300 feet across, and only a foot or so deep until you’re well out from shore. The center is quite deep and very pleasant swimming on a warm day. An air mattress or inner tube would ease the trip out. Little Borax, as it’s called by some, refers to the last in a string of small “hot pots” that runs north from Middle Borax Lake. Reach it by following a track 0.7 mile due north from the rusting borax works. The pools, called ephermial vents, come in various sizes and flows. They’re all deep, sometimes dangerously hot, and subject to occasional sudden surges in temperature."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late spring, early summer, or autumn
Hot Springs
The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97214; (503) 802-8100;
Local Contacts
BLM Burns District South Half
Local Maps