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Cougar (Terwilliger) Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide
"Includes: Rebel Creek / Rebel Rock Loop. An idyllic chain of well-known soaking pools on a short path, near Cougar Reservoir. Skinnydippable with discretion. Enveloped in the dark hues of a primeval woodland, Cougar is brushed by mottled light filtering down from treetops high above.
Five soaking pools spaced apart by giant logs are laid out in steps directly into the uppermost and hottest pool, and cold water flowing down a log flume provides an eye-opening shower."
--Evie Litton, Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
This is the only hot springs I've been to around Bend so far. It was very beautiful, but a bit off of the freeway. There is a nice waterfall near the trail entrance to the springs and there were about 5 others there. There were a few different sitting pools and clothing was definitely optional here. If you need a great place to stay while in Bend I'd recommend MTBcondo dot com for a great discount!
This location is a wonderful visit. It is a bit more populated than it used to be, but still manages a good atmosphere. The summer months are when it is really busy, but if you don't mind hiking in the snow you can also go in the winter season as well. The water is a bit cooler, but the water is cleaner, you can comfortably sit in the top pool, and there are far less people.
I suppose that there were a few more miles in the hike that made this spring slightly more remote and far less commercialized, but it is a good spot for a quick relaxing dip for the weekend.
There is a fairly short winding trail with little elevation climb to reach the springs. The water pours from a small cavernous hole into the top pool which maintains a warm bath temperature. The pool overflows into several smaller pools which gradually decline in temperature. Each pool is about the size of your average non commercial hot tub. Flowing next to the descending pools is a small icy cold snow melt stream which you can use you cool yourself off... if you are desperate.
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