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Bear Creek Hot Springs Idaho

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Submitted By: Tree Mover on 17 Mar 2012
Latitude: 43.275914
Longitude: -111.232388

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Go to the Palisades dam on Hwy 26. Go across the top of the dam and go to the left pass the boat docks and campground on the left. When you come to a fork in the road, turn left and follow Bear Creek Rd aka Forest Rd 58 until you come to the parking area on the right hand side of the road. If you cross the small bridge, on Bear Creek Rd, you've gone just a little bit too far.


Hiking & Backpacking - (0)

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The trail is very steep in spots, especially at the the very end. For the last mile you'll climb about 1000 feet. It's not only bad going up, but coming back down isn't any fun either.

On the way to Bear Creek Hot Springs, you'll cross the creek about 6 times and you'll be up to your waist in some VERY cold water.

I highly recommend you pack light. This is not a good hike for someone who is not in shape. My scouts that were in good football conditioning said this was one of the hardest workouts they've had.

The mosquito's can be really bad during wet seasons of the year in this area so remember the spray.


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Bear Creek is a good spot to camp and very beautiful. Very primitive camping. There are some downed trees in the area for firewood, but you'll need a saw or ax. In case you didn't read the hiking description, PACK LIGHT. The climb to the area is steep in spots.


Hot Springs - (0)

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The actual Bear Creek Hot Spring is a very nice soak. Probably around 98 degrees. The pool is about 10x20 feet.



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