Thread: Any undeveloped hot springs in Western Wyoming/Eastern Idaho accessible in November?

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    Default Any undeveloped hot springs in Western Wyoming/Eastern Idaho accessible in November?

    Planning a last minute trip the weekend after Thanksgiving, looking for an undeveloped (IE quiet and not busy) hot springs with nearby camping somewhere in Western Wyoming or Eastern Idaho. Somewhere fairly close to the Tetons. Any local insight would be appreciated!

    If there isn't a spot that has a hot springs, but rather is just a great place to spend a relaxing evening without crowds I'd love to hear about that to.
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    Back in 2015 I did some looking around for undeveloped HS more or less along the route from Henry's Lake, ID up to and over Teton Pass back into Jackson, WY. I found none which were undeveloped, can be driven to (or nearly to), and had camping nearby. There is one which is a considerable hike along a reservoir shoreline (Palisiades Res) and may be under water at normal levels, and one which is a 8-10 mile each way from a trailhead and a long vertical gain inbound. The rest, of which there are a good handful, are developed to one degree or another. But some of developed ones are kind of kitschy-cool, at least at first glance on the Interwebs.

    You might be interested in Evie Litton's book "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest". Most recent edition is August 2014. It's a Falcon guide and is available at Amazon and most bookstores. Most avid hot springers consider it an indispensable reference book.

    More in Central/Northern ID than Eastern is Gold Bug HS, between Salmon and Challis. A mile and a half and 1,600' elevation gain and no camping at the HS or at the trailhead right off of US 93. Slate Creek HS is off of ID 75 between Challis and Stanley and is fairly easy to drive to in a decent 4WD. Sharkey's HS is developed but not in the commercial sense. It's an unmanned BLM facility south of Salmon a few miles off to the east of ID 28, approaching Lemhi Pass. Disbursed camping may be available at or near Sharkey's, but the location is pretty stark--unforested arid mountains with little flat ground. By the time you pick up enough elevation for some forest cover, you're approaching the pass and the snowline. The road above Sharkey's is not maintained in winter so getting to and through the forested part may be difficult to impossible in late November.

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    There are a few spots along the snake river between Jackson and Alpine that are semi developed, but we also just got 80ish inches of snow up high so camping might not be the best idea around Thanksgiving.

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    I went to Teton Science School a loonngg time ago and this was a favorite spot to visit- Kelly Warm Springs. Not really hot, but it was fun on a sunny winter day. https://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trai...lid=HGR211-039 I hope it's not developed, but you'll have to do some research
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    I was on a trip with some friends who live in that area and we found a few by mistake east of Rexburg. Between Victor, Idaho and Wilson, Wy. This was back around 2004, so my old man brain isn't exactly sure of locations, but up around Taylor mountain sticks in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shradicalwyo View Post
    There are a few spots along the snake river between Jackson and Alpine that are semi developed, but we also just got 80ish inches of snow up high so camping might not be the best idea around Thanksgiving.
    Don't put your head under water. Brain eating amoebas. No really, certain death low probability ;-).
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    [QUOTE=Nikkormat;2391213][QUOTE]
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    [QUOTE=ghcoe;2405244][QUOTE=Nikkormat;2391213]
    Sorry a bit off topic, but I saw this and wondered is this where you got your user name?
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    Thank you for all the information! I wasn't able to make use of it yet but I plan on attempting a few of these later in the spring. The ones down by Salmon are especially interesting I love spending time out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikkormat View Post
    Thank you for all the information! I wasn't able to make use of it yet but I plan on attempting a few of these later in the spring. The ones down by Salmon are especially interesting I love spending time out there.
    If you're going to branch off farther from Eastern ID and like the Salmon area, put Horse Creek HS on the list. It's just below the ID-MT state line ridge on the ID side, northwest of Shoup, ID. Accessed by a 4,500' ascent on a FS road (Spring Creek Rd) from a point on the Salmon River a little upriver of Shoup, or somewhat more easily accessed from Painted Rocks SP on the MT side, near Conner and Darby, MT, each right on US 93 south of Missoula and Hamilton. There is a NF CG at the hot spring. It's pretty much at the end of the road and mid-week I've heard you might likely have it to yourself.

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