Ryegrass Hot Spring

Rome, Oregon

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A day hike or overnighter to a spring known only to river runners, in the lower Owyhee Canyon. Swimwear: a hat and bug juice. Water emerges from the ground at 110 degrees F, and several steamy channels lined with orange algae flow down the bank into one or two small pools hidden in the tall grass at the river’s edge. The pools get some TLC and cleaning during the float season, roughly March through June, but at low water you’ll have them all to yourself. If you decide on a soak, you’ll need a bucket to cool them down with river water. But the river may look a lot more inviting on a hot summer day.
Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest

by Evie Litton (Falcon Guides)

A day hike or overnighter to a spring known only to river runners, in the lower Owyhee Canyon. Swimwear: a hat and bug juice. Water emerges from the ground at 110 degrees F, and several steamy channels lined with orange algae flow down the bank into one or two small pools hidden in the tall grass at the river’s edge.

The pools get some TLC and cleaning during the float season, roughly March through June, but at low water you’ll have them all to yourself. If you decide on a soak, you’ll need a bucket to cool them down with river water. But the river may look a lot more inviting on a hot summer day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rome
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 440 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 3,560 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Vale District, BLM
Local Maps: Crooked Creek and Skull Spring 30-minute, BLM.
Driving Directions: Directions to Ryegrass Hot Spring

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