Undeveloped Idaho hot springs within a short drive from the Montana border. The springs are in alphabetical order.

Guidelines When Visting Undeveloped Hot Springs

•  Always pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace
•  Never bring glass bottles or containers
•  Be courteous to others, bring a swimsuit along
•  No Soap and shampoo of any kind are allowed
•  Check current conditions before you go, fires, high water, floods and closures happen

Horse Creek Hot Springs

Directions:  West of Conner, MT, 45 miles. From Missoula take Highway 93 South to Conner. Take a right on State Highway 473 (follow signs to Painted Rocks State Park and continue past it) for 31 miles to the junction of West Fork Road take Woods Creek Road signed for the hot springs roughly 14 miles to Horse Creek Campground.

Features:  Several pools flowing into Horse Creek, the main pool has a wooden enclosure built around it and is about three feet deep and the source of the springs. The fire burned most of the trees from the junction with Woods Creek to the springs. The road is suitable for all cars but the many burned trees on the route could become an issue in a wind event.

Usage:  Medium

Temperature:  The temperature varies from 104 at the source to around 100 in the two other pools before it reaches Horse Creek. Take a dip in the creek for a quick cool down.

Overall:  Horse Creek is a great hot spring. The campground provides several camp spots and there are two newer outhouses available as well.

Horse Creek Hot Springs
Photos provided by MontanaHotSprings.net 2017

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

Pools were flooded out in the spring of 2017, however they have been rebuilt. The bottom right picture is the upper pool March 2018.

Directions:  West of Missoula, MT, 63 miles. From Missoula take Highway 93 South 8 miles to Lolo, MT. Take a right on US Highway 12 and travel west 55 miles. You will see the well signed Warm Springs trail head and large parking lot on your right. From here cross the highway and Lochsa river bridge, the hike is about one mile on a good trail to the springs.

Features:  There are three main areas of pools to choose from here, there is a pool next to the creek with a small waterfall (not accessible when the water is high), there are more pools about 100 yards down the trail. Beyond these pools there is one single pool another 100 yards beyond these pictured below.

Usage:  Heavy

Temperature:  This vastly varies by the pool and where you sit, they range around 105 degrees down to the creek temperature which is COLD.

Overall:  Jerry Johnson is a very busy spring, one of Idaho's most popular, if you go plan to go do it earlier in the day. Camping is not allowed and the spring is day use only until 8 PM, however the day use rule doesn't seem to be followed too often but we hear the forest service does patrol and issue fines. There are nearby campgrounds in the area, the nearest services are Lochsa Lodge or Lolo Hot Springs, MT

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
Photos provided by MontanaHotSprings.net 2015
Bottom right photo by Christie Z. 2018

Panther Creek Hot Springs

Directions:  South of Missoula, MT, 118 miles. From Missoula take Highway 93 South 118 miles to North Fork, ID. Take a right Salmon River Road west for 26.5 miles. Take a left on Panther Creek Road (Forest Service Road 30), follow for four miles. Next take a left on Forest Service 60 and follow this very steep switch back road about 4 miles to the springs. There will be a small parking area on your left as you cross the Hot Springs Creek bridge. From here its a short walk on a good trail to the springs.

Features:  There is one large pool in the creek here. The creek is used to cool the water down as the source is dangerously hot. At the source there is an crude sauna which is a nice perk and its hot.

Usage:  Low/Moderate

Temperature:  185 degrees at the source. Be aware this is hot water, if you bring dogs secure them and check the temperature before using the spring. The spring is safe to use just use common sense. See the news article here Man burned, dogs die at Panther Creek

Overall:  Panther Creek is a unique place, take a weekend and explore the area, there are other springs in the area not yet listed here to check out as well. Camping is allowed at the springs but don't try pulling a camper up the road to the springs.

Panther Creek Hot Springs
Photos provided by MontanaHotSprings.net 2012

Weir Creek Hot Springs

Directions:  West of Missoula, MT, 74 miles. From Missoula take Highway 93 South 8 miles to Lolo, MT. Take a right on US Highway 12 and travel west 66 miles, 10 miles west of Jerry Johnson. There will be a small parking lot on your right after you round a corner on the highway. From here its a short half mile walk on one of two rough trails, one steep above the creek trail and one poor and often inpassible trail along the creek to the springs.

Features:  There is one large pool here that can hold 8 to 10. I usually go back to Jerry Johnson if there are more then five cars parked in the lot. You can camp at the springs as well as several spots near the trailhead.

Usage:  Moderate/Heavy

Temperature:  About 104 degrees.

Overall:  Weir Creek Hot Springs is a cool place if you catch it on a night when there aren't too many people.

Weir Creek Hot Springs
Photos provided by MontanaHotSprings.net 2013
 
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