It is definitely fall here in Northern Idaho. The cooler weather tends to curtail our outdoor activities while we wait for the snowfall to kick our winter festivities into gear. This is the perfect time of year for a hike to enjoy the warmth of local, natural hot springs and the beautiful fall scenery. Just a short road trip will bring you to three great, local Idaho hot springs located about 100 miles southwest of Missoula, Montana. TMI Tours of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho can provide you with detailed hiking maps, driving directions and hotel recommendations for stays along the way.
JERRY JOHNSON HOT SPRINGS
This delightful group of user-friendly, primitive hot springs awaits you at the end of a short 1 mile hike through beautiful forest along the east bank of Warm Springs Creek. The trailhead is located off U.S. 12 at Warm Springs Park and the 1 mile hike is easy on a 2 person-wide path. Hot water tumbles into several creekside rock pools and further up the path is a meadow with groups of shallow soaking pools.
WIER CREEK HOT SPRINGS
This secluded, primitive hot springs and creekside soaking pool can be reached via a sometimes difficult and rocky half-mile path in the Clearwater National Forest. Natural mineral water flows out of several springs down the mountainside where it is channeled into a large 8-10 person rock-bottom pool. Water flows into adjoining smaller pools reached by a short, steep path. Parking is off U.S. 12 at mile marker 142 at a deep turnout on the inland side of the highway. The unmarked, unmaintained path follows the west side of the creek closely.
STANLEY HOT SPRINGS
You are going to have to do some hiking to reach this one-a series of delightful rock and log soaking pools in Huckleberry Creek canyon at the end of a rugged 5.5 mile trail in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Natural mineral water flows out of a canyon bank, tumbling through a series of log and rock pools. There are spacious campsites for backpackers near the springs and a drive-in campground located at the trailhead. Turn off U.S. 12 at the Wilderness Gateway Campgound, through the campground to the trailhead sign for Trail 211 near the bridge. Follow Trail 211 for 4.5 miles and then Trail 221 for another mile to a large open meadow containing the hot springs pools.
U.S. 12 is designated the Lewis and Clark Scenic Highway between Lolo, Montana and Lewiston, Idaho. This byway contains several Lewis and Clark points of interest marked along the way as well as stunning scenery, raging rivers and abundant wildlife. Why not take a little road trip this fall, enjoy our natural hot springs and experience the great outdoors. For details, accomodations and information regarding these and other great local hot springs destinations, contact Linda or Rhonda at TMI Tours in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We are the experts on unique get-a-ways in the Pacific Northwest. 1-800-975-7775 or [email protected]