Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada

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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.
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  • I have visited this place three times in the past few months. The drive to the area is beautiful, and the hike to the hot springs is gorgeous, no matter what the weather is like. The tubs are made of ...  more »
  • What a neat area. We camped at the campsite and had a wonderful view of the river. Then a nice easy hike up to the hot springs. We choose to go later in the evening and only had a 20 minute wait for t...  more »
  • Well maintained walking trail takes you from the parking lot through a beautiful forest to the hot Springs, I also stayed there for the night and it was amazing.  more »
  • The best hot springs near Portland. maybe one of the best in the north west alone. A must go.
  • I have been a frequent bagby hot Springer since 2010. Have only had 1 minor negative experience here in 8 years and roughly 30 different visits. Definitely recommend checking it out. Truly amazing experience.
  • A unique experience that costs only small parking fee and your patience. The hike from the parking lot to Bagby is phenomenal. The spring itself is a quaint, MacGyvered sort of operation (think duct tape) that actually adds to the natural feel of the experience. The one downside is the wait. There are a handful of tubs, so be prepared to stand in line for an hour or two.
  • Ten years ago this was a if y spot. Now it's cleaned up and improved. But it's ten dollars a person from ten a group.
  • Easy hike up to the springs. A lot of the private tubs are broken so that's a problem. Its a pretty cool adventure though.

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