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

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 and follow for 31 miles, at the junction of West Fork Road take Woods Creek Road roughly 14 miles to Horse Creek Campground.

Features:  Several pools, one has a wooden enclosure built around it. These springs are located in a forest service campground.

Usage:  moderate

Temperature:  The pools are between 102 degrees and 104 degrees

Overall:  We have not been here and you may want to check around before making the trip. This area was burned in a forest fire two years ago and I haven't found updated conditions yet.

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

*Flooded Out* Missoulian: Floodwaters wipe out popular Jerry Johnson hot springs pool
Missoulian: Officials: 'Don't try to dig new hot springs pools' at Jerry Johnson site

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 its a short one mile walk on a good trail to the springs.

Features:  There are several pools to choose from here, there are a couple next to the creek with a small waterfall (not accessible when the water is high) and more pools about 100 yards down the trail. These pools can accommodate 15 people.

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, if you go plan earlier in the day, it starts filling up around 3 PM. Also not camping is not allowed and it is day use only, however the day use rule doesn't seem to be followed too often.

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
Photos provided by MontanaHotSprings.net 2015

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. There will be a small parking lot on your right after you round a corner. From here its a short half mile walk on a rough trail (steep in places) 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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