Willow Creek Whitehorse Hot Spring

Fields, Oregon

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Hot and warm pools back to back, on a far-flung desert road. Skinnydippable with discretion. Water perks upward at 115 degrees F into the hotter of two pools separated by a concrete dam. The temperature averages 104 degrees F and cools to 80 to 90 degrees F in the larger adjoining pool. An anonymous finger has inscribed “Hot” and “Cold” with opposing arrows into the dam, for those with no sense of touch. It’s a rare treat, especially in a desert hot spring, to have two temperatures to choose or alternate between. The hot spring, backed by the rocky double-tipped hill, overlooks a vast expanse of high sagebrush plains. Despite the remote location, Willow Creek is seeing a surprising influx of visitors. Camping is allowed near the spring but must be at least 100 feet away. Quieter campsites are located on the other side of the hill. The Bureau of Land Management has installed a concrete outhouse at the site.

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"Hot and warm pools back to back, on a far-flung desert road. Skinnydippable with discretion. Water perks upward at 115 degrees F into the hotter of two pools separated by a concrete dam. The temperature averages 104 degrees F and cools to 80 to 90 degrees F in the larger adjoining pool. An anonymous finger has inscribed “Hot” and “Cold” with opposing arrows into the dam, for those with no sense of touch. It’s a rare treat, especially in a desert hot spring, to have two temperatures to choose or alternate between.

The hot spring, backed by the rocky double-tipped hill, overlooks a vast expanse of high sagebrush plains. Despite the remote location, Willow Creek is seeing a surprising influx of visitors. Camping is allowed near the spring but must be at least 100 feet away. Quieter campsites are located on the other side of the hill. The Bureau of Land Management has installed a concrete outhouse at the site."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fields
Distance: 0
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Vale District, BLM
Local Maps: Vale District, Jordan Resource Area, BLM.
Driving Directions: Directions to Willow Creek (Whitehorse) Hot Spring

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May 2018