Three Forks and a Soak
ElevationAscent: 166' 51 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 4,010' 1,222 m
Low: 3,957' 1,206 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
“A stunning trail leading up the canyon to a pool you'll never forget.”— Joseph States
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Hot Spring · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly This is an easy short trail with big rewards! This route has something for everyone. When approaching the hot springs, you may want to send an adult to scout it out first.
If you want to cross the river earlier, at the start of the trail, go for it. Just know that it may be deeper there :)
If you miss the second crossing, as 95% do, you can swamp slog it on through to the camping spot at the end of the road and cross the river easily right at the hot springs.
Soaking etiquette: If a pool is already occupied, ask to join but be cool with waiting your turn. (Don't crowd in or run off other soakers.) If you have a dog, keep in mind that others may not enjoy your pet the way you do (keep your dog under your control).
Though there is a road that goes right to the same place, it is closed at the junction to the river ford just up steam and carries a large fine for any vehicles caught driving through the river (the sign keeps coming up missing but the fines do not). Instead, complete the hike - it is worth it!
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Land Manager: BLM Idaho - Owyhee Field Office