Bear Creek Hot Springs - Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Hot Springs, and Mountain Bike near Irwin, Idaho
Forest Rd 058, Irwin, ID 83428, USA,Irwin,Idaho
43.27591400241, -111.23238799142
9.8 miles S of Irwin, Idaho
Address: Forest Rd 058, Irwin, ID 83428, USA
GPS: 43°16'33.3"N 111°13'56.6"W
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State: Idaho
MTB Trail Type: Singletrack

Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Hot Springs, and Mountain Bike

Bear Creek Hot Springs is a 15 mile out and back trail with a hot spring at the end. The trail is not well marked and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking. It is also popular for horses and motorcycles. During archery season, the area near the pool is a popular area for a hunting camp. The pool itself is about 10ft x 10ft. Most of the time, this soak is pretty secluded so it's often a clothing optional soak. Just be courteous of others when they're there.

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Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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Be careful. Pay attention to posted signs and always test the waters before you get in. Some hot springs can get up to boiling temperatures. Be sure to drink plenty of water to combat the dehydrating effect of the spring. Be respectful of other soakers and the hot spring. Don't hog the pool. Camp at least 200 yards away and keep fires in designated areas. Keep your pets out of the water and never pee in thermal feature. Glass bottles should never go near a hot spring.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Irwin, Idaho

  1. Head southeast toward Old Irwin Rd (161 ft)
  2. Turn left onto Old Irwin Rd (0.1 mi)
  3. Turn right onto US-26 E (6.2 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Forest Rd 277 (0.4 mi)
  5. Turn right to stay on Forest Rd 277 (0.1 mi)
  6. Turn left to stay on Forest Rd 277 (1.7 mi)
  7. Sharp left onto Forest Rd 076 (2.6 mi)
  8. Turn right onto Bear Creek Rd (5.6 mi)
  9. Turn right
    Destination will be on the left
    (0.3 mi)
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The trail follows Bear Creek upstream (West) from the trailhead. The main trail crossed the river six times in the first four miles. Before each set, there's a detour to the right (North) that will take you up the hill and around the crossings. That will really save you when the water's higher. The first set has four crossings and the second set has two. At about 4 miles, you'll come to the North Fork of Bear Creek.  If you've been detouring, it will look like another up and around detour. Don't do it. Follow the trail to cross over the North Fork and continue. About a mile further, you'll see Warm Springs Creek come in on your left (South). That's the really hard way to get there. Follow Bear Creek another 1/4 mile and watch off to your left(South) for a dirt bike trail up the hill. At this point, the leisurely hike is pretty much over. Follow the trail up South the hill. At one point, you'll cross over a little ravine. After that, there's about a mile or less  to go. There's a pretty good campsite near the springs and the trail goes right to it.

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wishfulangel

6/2/15 7:51 pm
Finally made it and it was well worth it... Beautiful and green. Trail up to top is not for the faint of heart, even on a horse it is a workout up and down.
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The actual hot springs pool. About 10x20 and a perfect temperature. courtesy of Victor Walker The actual hot springs pool. About 10x20 and a perfect temperature. courtesy of Victor Walker↗
Hot Spring Hot Spring Dirt Bike Crossing by Lauren Brewer Dirt Bike Crossing by Lauren Brewer Beautiful start to the hike. If only we didn't have to cross that stream so often... courtesy of Victor Walker Beautiful start to the hike. If only we didn't have to cross that stream so often... courtesy of Victor Walker↗ Love the steam in the morning air courtesy of Victor Walker Love the steam in the morning air courtesy of Victor Walker↗ Not a lot of shade on the way down. courtesy of Victor Walker Not a lot of shade on the way down. courtesy of Victor Walker↗ This is a fresh-water spring where you can get cold clean water. And some pools to soak in when it i courtesy of Victor Walker This is a fresh-water spring where you can get cold clean water. And some pools to soak in when it i courtesy of Victor Walker↗

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Distance ?

13.2 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

1,183 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,779 feet

Real Descent ?

596 feet

Avg Grade (2°)

3%

Grade (-18° to 25°)

-33% to 47%

Distance ?

13.5 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

1,180 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,924 feet

Real Descent ?

744 feet

Avg Grade (2°)

3%

Grade (-18° to 25°)

-33% to 47%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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