Willow Creek Whitehorse Ranch Hot Springs

Fields, Oregon

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One of Oregon’s most remote rustic soaking pools, surrounded by sagebrush and low mountain ridges. Willow Creek Hot Springs is perfect for persons seeking a truly isolated soak far from population centers. The hot springs pool measures about 10 feet by 50 feet, but is divided into two pools by a low concrete dam. The smaller soaking pool averages 102° to 104° F. Stone steps lead down the side of the smaller hot pool, which is about 3 feet deep. Try feeling around with your toes in the mud and gravel center of this pool to find the 110° F. hot spots that are the source of the hot water. Water from the smaller pool flows over the low dam into the larger pool. The temperature in the larger pool averages between 85° and 95° F. Start your soaking experience in the hotter pool and then slip over the dam into the larger pool to cool down.
Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon

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Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon

by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)

One of Oregon’s most remote rustic soaking pools, surrounded by sagebrush and low mountain ridges. Willow Creek Hot Springs is perfect for persons seeking a truly isolated soak far from population centers. The hot springs pool measures about 10 feet by 50 feet, but is divided into two pools by a low concrete dam. The smaller soaking pool averages 102° to 104° F. Stone steps lead down the side of the smaller hot pool, which is about 3 feet deep.

Try feeling around with your toes in the mud and gravel center of this pool to find the 110° F. hot spots that are the source of the hot water. Water from the smaller pool flows over the low dam into the larger pool. The temperature in the larger pool averages between 85° and 95° F. Start your soaking experience in the hotter pool and then slip over the dam into the larger pool to cool down.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Fields
Season: Year-round; best May to October
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy. 20 W., Hines, OR 97738; (541) 573-4400; www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/index.php.
Local Maps: BLM Steens High Desert Country map
Driving Directions: Directions to Willow Creek (Whitehorse Ranch) Hot Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

4/6/2009
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This is a beautiful spot and is incredibly secluded. I particularly liked listening to the frogs and wild birds sing me to sleep :) Beware!! In early spring the nights are VERY cold - the water I left outside had ice in it by morning! Unfortunately, I was unimpressed with the hotsprings themselves because there were creatures living in it. Perhaps this is normal for some springs, but not in my experience. I saw a white worm which seemed to hang from the surface of the water, and some black critters about the size of a corn kernel, that darted about like amoeba. All said and done, I only spent about 3 minutes in the water. Sum up: nice place to camp, very exposed to wind/weather, hotsprings not that great.



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