Bagby Trail 544

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon 97304

Elevation Gain6,581ft
Trailhead Elevation2,092ft
Elevation Min/Max2087/4898ft
Elevation Start/End2092/2092ft

Bagby Trail 544

Bagby Trail #544 is a hiking trail in Clackamas County and Marion County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest, Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area, Opal Creek Wilderness Area, and Willamette National Forest. It is 11.4 miles long and begins at 2,092 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,581 feet. The Bagby Hot Springs can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: National Forest Development Road 4697, Battle Ax Trail and Twin Lakes Trail #573.

Bagby Trail #544 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Unless you’re uncomfortable about being among naked people, this is one place you should absolutely visit; and even if you do dislike the disrobed, just avoid the bathhouses.

The hike isn’t much of a challenge, but it passes through sublime ancientgrowth forest. And the springs feature cedar-log tubs, some of them private. It can get very busy on weekends (though alcohol is now banned at the springs), and an attendant at the trailhead lot should help reduce car break-ins."

"A well-known backcountry soaking site nestled in a grove of old-growth cedar and Douglas fir. Hand-hewn log bathtubs and circular cedar group tubs filled with steaming hot water attract diverse crowds.

The three hot springs that feed the hot tubs and bathhouses flow out of the ground at 136 degrees F. Cold water can be added to the tubs to cool them to a comfortable soaking temperature."

"Includes: Bull of the Woods and Bull of the Woods to the Welcome Lakes Loop. A day hike through lush woods to the Shangri-La of hot soaks. No need to pack a swimsuit. The 1.5-mile Bagby Trail is a delight in itself as it undulates through a grand old forest of Douglas-Fir and cedar with an understory of vine maple.

Moss-coated logs litter the way, and the path slices between cross sections with 5-foot diameters. The gentle creekside route passes emerald green pools spaced between rapids. Cross three bridges, then leave the creek behind just beyond the last bridge and climb a short hillside to the springs."

Bagby Trail #544 Reviews

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Still a little wet on this trail. The short loop is quite safe. If you go beyond the suspension bridge, be prepared for a small waterfall that lands right on the trail. A cable is attached to the rock behind. This part of the trail not for children....ungaurded ledges are breathtaking!
Beautiful and very scenic trail that crosses a short suspension bridge, descends on a 30FT Steel ladder as you pass majestic waterfalls. Highly recommended hike, the trail to the canyon is very narrow and has sheer drop so extreme caution is required.
My boy friend and I decided to google local hot springs in our area which is close to Mt. Angel OR. The first cite that poped up was bagby hot springs, so we went for it. We loaded up a back back with some essentials including our new puppy, and took off to bagby. It was supprisingly really easy to find, it took us 1 hr and 1/2 but the drive was beautiful. We also heard about vandalism but deceded to chance it. We got there about 3pm and it was packed luckly there was one room that we used and there was a place to tie up our puppy. The people were really friendly and it was cleaner than we expected. For those of you who ahvent been there, there are buckets at the bottom of the trail,....GRAB one you will need it. The water is 137 degree's and you will need to cool it down with those buckets. We had to borrow but the people were great about. We had a really great time, but forgot to pack a flash light, so about half way down the trail it was pitch black and we thought we would have to stay there, but luckly there was a really nice man who gave us his flash light! So our advice to you would be, bring: extra towels, a camera, a flash light, and a couple bottle of water.
A few friends and I hiked the trail not really knowing what to expect. We didn't arrive at the trailhead until 8 p.m. We saw one guy at the parking lot but other than him we didn't see anyone on the trail or in the springs. The hike was reall cool because of the snow and the creek that follows the trail. The springs were incredible to say the least. I had heard about a problem with vandalism and the occasional hoodlum but we didn't have a problem. I would recommend going in the middle of the week and avoid holidays. Definatley take a few people with you. It is fairly remote. I definatley plan to return soon.
The Bagby Hot Springs, in Estacada, OR, are clean, well-maintained, and easy to hike to. You will probably see naked people, and they will probably be middle-aged, overweight white guys who insist on rising unceremoniously out of the water in order to initiate a conversation. Ignore them and you will have a great time. I went in January, so there was about eight inches of snow on the road, and although previous cars had made tire tracks, it was still somewhat difficult for a car without big tires of four-wheel drive. These roads are not plowed in the winter. The trail to the hot springs was very mild and well maintained, more like a nature walk. There was snow on some parts of the trail and all over the hill sides. The water level was high and from the bridge one can look down at the rushing stream and it is truly breathtaking. At the springs, there are outhouse toilets that stink really bad - even in the winter, a large communal bathing area, and four private shacks. The communal area is covered and without walls, and features one huge tub and four individual tubs capable of holding one to two people end to end. The private shacks each have one tub that is the same size as the individual tubs in the communal room; they also have roofs and walls. There is no user fee, no parks and recreational officers on staff, and apparently one can go anytime of the day or season. There was evidence of candles having been burned in the private shacks. People brought their dogs and even small children and everybody, with the exception of the aforementioned naked guy, was pleasant and/or kept to themselves. Visiting a hot springs was an enoyable and interesting experience and I would recommend the Bagby Hot Springs to anyone looking to try it out.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Opal Creek Wilderness Area
Hot Springs
Mt. Hood National Forest
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Jul 2018