Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada
Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
The Bagby Hot Springs are natural hot springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest about 67mi southeast of Portland, Oregon, United States and about 41mi east of Salem, Oregon. The springs are within the Cascade Mountains in a heavily forested area at elevation 2280 ft (695 m). The springs are just outside the boundary of Bull of the Woods Wilderness area.HistoryBagby Hot Springs are rumored to have been a favorite site for Native Americans for hundreds of years. The springs are named after Bob Bagby, a prospector and hunter who found the site in 1880.The United States Forest Service built a small guard station next to the hot springs in 1913. The Bagby Guard Station was used to house Forest Service fire patrol crews during summer fire season. In 1974, the Forest Service built a new guard station. The original cabin was closed but was left standing. In 2006, the original guard cabin was renovated. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is not open to the public.A bathhouse was constructed at the hot springs in the 1920s. The original bathhouse burned down in 1979 when bathers left candles unattended in the old wooden structure. The volunteer group Friends of Bagby (FOB) formed in 1981 to rebuild the bathhouses. Between 1983 and 1986, the Forest Service and FOB joined forces to build three new bathhouses at Bagby. A conflict among the leadership of FOB led to a rift within the group in the late 1990s, and the Forest Service terminated its contract with the group in summer 2001.To visit Bagby Hot Springs and other attractions in Estacada, use our Estacada trip builder.
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I have been to Bagby Hotsprings three times and I remember when it was quaint. The hike was absolutely wonderful but the log tub area was awful. As the last one of the open four bays it took about 45 ... read more »
this was a day stop that turned into a longer than planned area stayover. When we got there it was very easy to find the trail and get to the springs. An excellently maintained trail through a great o... read more »
We loved the hot springs! And the walk through the forest to get there is lovely too! There were, as expected, a fair few naked folk, chilling (or warming, I guess) in the communal area, and it's neve... read more »
Please be respectful of the whole place, and it's structures, and pack your trash out with you. Maybe bring extra trash bags for this purpose. Beautiful waterfalls and scenery, the hiking has amazing scenery! The giant trees are so lovely. Keep Bagby clean and beautiful! Pick up your trash and smokebutts! A small film canister works great for keeping smoke butts off the ground.
I used to really enjoy it out here, and do still try to make a trip every so often. I don't fault them for charging a day - use fee, sometime has to maintain the space. But I've gotten tired of college kids blasting music and throwing a party in the tub over. Don't go here on a weekend or during spring beak. If at all, shoot for the morning.
The camp hosts are awesome. Beautiful hike in. Wait times can be long, so get there early.
Beautiful hike through lush forest. Loads of great camping in the area. Easy 1.5 mile hike to the springs. Get there early to enjoy a private tub! The place is rustic but fairly well maintained. Expect to see a bit of trash left behind from the lazy ones but it's not so bad as to ruin the experience. One of the highlights of our trip!
Love this place although it's not in downtown estacada
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