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 »
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  • I absolutely enjoyed the hike in and loved the idea of the hot spring tubs, but I was incredibly disappointed when I saw what should have been a well kept public area, was a complete trashed zone. I don’t understand what is wrong with people. Why would you leave all your trash, beer glasses, and cigarette butts? It’s extremely self centered. There was garbage piled up everywhere, cups and beer glasses left, orange peels in the tubs. YES....ORANGE PEELS IN THE TUB and literally chunks of dead skin. Carvings in the wood of complete nonsense. Why do people have to trash everything? I’m surprised that some of these people took the time to hike up to this and then leave their garbage and filth here. It ruins it for everyone else. It’s public it’s not theirs to do with what they want. Selfish!!!
  • Went in early April, still a decent bit of snow on the ground in some spots but it was actually the perfect temperature and not way over crowded. (Went the week before maintenance resumes in April after the winter of being unattended). There were definitely repairs that needed to be done from the winter, but it worked out, we were there in the afternoon/evening and everyone was super friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was very friendly and comfortable. When we left around sunset there were some people drinking starting to show up, so plan your timing well. The 1.5 mile walk each way is really easy, and absolutely gorgeous!! It’s worth just the walk itself to be out in such a stunning part of the Mt Hood National Forest. It was fun to bring water from the river and get to relax in the tub at just the perfect temperature, I felt amazing for days afterwards! Definitely bring some water with you, and an extra towel and some snacks perhaps. Definitely worth checking out if you’ve got the opportunity!
  • One of the most memorable experiences of all my travels. Rustic, enclosed baths (from hollowed out trees) so you can relax in private or with friends in public tubs . Perfect to go on a misty, rainy day-Add this one to your memories
  • A wonderful place to wind down. I came here during the end of March around 8 am. Just a small handful of people were here. To get to the actual hot springs is about a 15-25 minute hike. The actual hot spring water is HOT! I was nervous but after soaking for a couple of minutes, it was all good. Unfortunately the hot springs are not maintained very well. Bottles, cans and leftover clothes were in a bucket and the tub could use some cleaning. If you can over look these issues, it's worth the trip. Just show up early so you are not waiting.
  • fun hot springs experience. unlike a lot of other springs I've been to, it has a lot of infrastructure, particularly tubs and rooms for bathing.
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