An early spring hiking trip to and near hot springs in the Boise National Forest. Spring runoff is a little late this season, submerging hot springs, trails and making river fords impossible. A careful route had to be selected, regardless, awesome natural hot springs pools were located and properly qualified.
At the start of every Spring I like to hike out to Bonneville Hot Springs in the Boise National Forest. The campground of the same name is still snowbound, and remains closed while the hot springs are somewhat accessible. It's just in time to beat Spring runoff, when snow melt from the mountains will surge through the creeks and rivers, submerging and obliterating any man-made soaking pools. This is one of the only times you can experience such an incredible place for oneself. I come because it's the perfect time of the year to renew my relationship with nature.
Welcome to Penny Hot Springs, 3 hot springs sources located in the Boise National Forest NE of Cascade, Idaho and NW of Warm Lake, Idaho. Only 1 of the 3 is a good soak. There is also a bonus hot springs in the Payette National Forest at the end of the clip.
Aside from the guy asleep sitting up in his flatbed pickup in the parking area (been there minus the flatbed), the trip was fairly uneventful. No trash too!! I was really happy about this fact after the rampage I witnessed here during the July South Fork Payette River fishing destruction derby. Major Kudos to the Krassel work crews for taking good care of such a special place.