Stanley Hot Springs

General Description: A five mile up hill battle to a primitive sandy bottom spring
General Location: North Central ID, in the Clearwater National Forest
Pool Type: Log Dammed, Sand and Gravel Pool
Pool Temps: Extremely Hot (106° - 110° F), Very Hot (104° - 106° F), Hot (102° - 104° F), Slightly Hot (100° - 102° F), Warm (Below 100° F)
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Accessibility: Summer to Winter, because the creek is un-passable during spring run off
Restrictions: None
Elevation: 3600 feet.
Distance from road: 5.50 miles.
Map Reference: Clearwater National Forest Map, or HukleBerry Butte USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle

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The Hot Spring:

  Stanley Hot Spring is a nice series of pools at the end of a steep 5.5 mile hike.  At the end of the hike you ford Boulder Creek which can be very dangerous during spring run off.  Camping is available at the springs with a very mellow vibe, where people are reading, soaking, or cooking some food.  120 degree F source water flows out of the hill creating a small hot creek.  Volunteers have created several pools with logs dams where the hot water meets a small cold creek.  The temperature of the pools is changed by moving rocks along the cold creek controlling the amount of cold water entering the pools.  The largest pool is one of the upper pools and can fit 8-10 people comfortably in the 2-3 foot deep water.  It is common custom to leave the upper pools hot so the lower pools are still warm, but sometimes people cool off the largest pool to a cooler temperature leaving the lower pools a bit too cool to soak.

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Lots of snow still, won't try

Lots of snow still, won't try it until end of June

Has anyone hiked out to

Has anyone hiked out to stanley hotsprings recently? I am curious about trail conditions and boulder creek water level.

Hi. I was wondering if

Hi. I was wondering if Stanley hot springs could be hiked to around may. or is may to early for the creek crossing due to run off? thank you

Hi. I was wondering if

Hi. I was wondering if Stanley hot springs could be hiked to around may. or is may to early for the creek crossing due to run off? thank you

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