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Goldbug Hot Springs, Salmon

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Goldbug Hot Springs is a hot spring located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest about 20 miles south of Salmon, Idaho. The spring is along Warm Spring Creek and there are about six waterfall-fed pools. Goldbug is listed as having a temperature of 113 °F (45 °C), but the temperature of the pools will vary depending on the time of year. The pools have a sand/gravel bottom and are dammed by boulders. Due to the hike and remoteness of the trailhead, it is not usually crowded.
Water from Goldbug Hot Springs flows into Warm Springs Creek, which flows into the Salmon River.
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  • This is a trail listed as "moderate" on AllTrails.com. It's near mile marker 282 on Highway 93. It's 2 miles in and back out. The first 1/4 mile is a difficult climb and on private property (BLM...  more »
  • Drove to Goldbug from Sawtooth (~1.5h drive) before sunrise. Arrived at the trailhead at 8am, took us ~40min to hike to the top. Arrived at the hot spring before 9am and there were already many...  more »
  • Goldbug Springs lived up to the hype! We started at 8am and only ran in to a handful of other people on our hike. When we were leaving around 11 there were several large groups with children headed...  more »
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  • The most steep part of this trail is at the end —- it was a struggle at the last part of the trail to keep going around each promising bend only to find another bend with continued steepness, but it was sure delightful when we got to the hot springs. Hang it there to the end!! You’ll be glad you did.
  • One of my favorite hotsprings. A variety of pools do you can usually find a place to soak. It is a steep hike though, so wear good shoes and be prepared to pack out all garbage. Let's keep it beautiful!
  • Wonderful 2 mile hike through mostly easy terrain. Last quarter mile is very strenuous but the payoff is entirely worth the effort. Beautifully clear hot spring pools at bathwater temperature and above with an amazing view. A hidden Idaho treasure.
  • A fun exhilarating hike, gorgeous views , but no vacancy at the pools. I'm thinking camping overnite is the best option to guarantee a pool. It could be a dicey hike down after soaking. I'll be back.
  • Beautiful hike and hot springs! There aren't a ton of pools to chill in, but there are enough to have fun in. The hike up wasn't too bad, it got a little steeper at the end but still wasn't too bad. There are some trees at the hot springs are that make excellent hammocking.

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