• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

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Forest
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

Dip in a natural geothermal pool beneath a waterfall with views of the Payette River and soak up that unparalleled Idaho magic.

The secret is out about Idaho's plethora of hot springs... but this one truly is special. It's highlighted by a warm waterfall that pours into a pool on the banks of the Payette. These springs are only about an hour and a half drive from Boise.

To get there from the City of Trees, head north on Hwy. 55 towards McCall and hang a right on Banks Lowman Highway. 28 short and beautiful miles later, Pine Flats Campground is on your right.

Since these springs are in a campground, it's understandable that the summer months are busy. You'll need to go on a weekday or in the offseason to get the springs to yourself. When the campground is closed, you can park at the gate and walk down to the springs. For kayakers, the pools can be accessed by the river.

There's a sign for the hot springs that mark the start of about a quarter mile hike. Once there, hike up and around the rocks to reach the waterfall pool. NOTE: The hike down to this particular pool by the river is steep and through loose rock. Shoes are recommended to get down there. Sober soakers are encouraged.

As always when adventuring in the great outdoors, pick up after yourself and respect the surrounding environment. We like to pack an extra trash bag when visiting places like this so we can leave it better than we found it.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Hiking shoes or durable sandals
  • Bottle of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera!
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This hot springs is much smaller than I expected. Either way we did have fun but for this time of the year it was almost not worth it. The water is more like a lukewarm bath. When your sitting it the water probably covers most of your legs but not completely. Also we packed out with a bag of trash like cigarette butts, beer cans and sandwich bags. Very sad people aren’t cleaning up after themselves

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

S H

Sentimental... nice springs. Camping is ok... not too many hiking trails around that we found.

3 months ago
3 months ago

Close to civilization, far enough for some quiet--though maybe less than most, due to accessibility. A great "beginner" hot spring, especially later in the summer into fall. You could choose to get to the waterfall pool by hiking up and over the steep, loose terrain, or you can wade through the river (when the conditions are right). Rocks have been strategically placed so you can make it with or without shoes. It is chilly, though! Before you get there, you'll wade through a shallow pool of lukewarm water along the edge of the river, and pass a few other pools tucked up out of view. Be sure to look for those if the main attraction is busy (you'll want to look up anyway, because it's beautiful!). Plenty of room for everyone at Pine Flats Hot Spring.

5 months ago
5 months ago

I was there recently and entire area (campground and springs) is closed

11 months ago
11 months ago

I heard the campground was burned out this summer. Can someone verify?

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

From the campground it's a short but difficult hike. Bring sturdy shoes to get down to the springs and be ready for a steep sandy climb up.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Dusty Klein Explorer

Oregon born, Idaho forged. Dusty is a weekend-warrior turned freelance photographer with a passion and respect for the mountains. @dustykleiner

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