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The Hunt for Owl Creek Hot Springs


Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

Peaks, waterfalls, and lakes each have their own charm and allure, but there is perhaps nothing more appealing than natural hot springs as a destination for a late fall backpacking trip. It almost seems too good to be true – hike through beautiful scenery and then set up camp near pools of water as hot and comfortable as those you’d soak in at home. The Pacific Northwest, and Idaho in particular, are blessed with an abundance of hot springs, and many of them require a hike to access and are particularly enticing to backpackers. As is the case with most other landscape features, the further from the road and the rougher the trail the fewer people you’ll find there. While Owl Creek Hot Springs is less than three miles from the trailhead on the Salmon River Road...

@Mark with an overnight trip and search for a backcountry hot spring somewhere in Idaho - check out the report and photos in Issue 31:

The Hunt for Owl Creek Hot Springs

Backpacking to Owl Creek Canyon Hot Springs, Idaho.JPG

Issue 31 Page 1

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Mark Wetherington

Good catch and you're correct that Owl Creek is a few miles west of Shoup, ID. The pin was dropped on the map to just give a general location of the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho, not the specific location of the trailhead/trail, my apologies for any confusion.

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Aaron Zagrodnick
On 12/22/2016 at 9:12 AM, Floyd said:

The map that accompanies the article is incorrect. Owl Creek is west of Shoop, ID, not in Loon Creek drainage.

Sometimes we might be somewhat vague more or less on purpose and stick with just showing the general location or land management unit / agency in regards to the map - it is the Hunt for Owl Creek Hot Springs in this case, after all! ;)

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