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Bagby Hot Springs Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

This page is marked as a Closed Hike. Some or all of this hike has been closed by a governing body and hikers may be liable for fines or even arrest. At least part of this route may be dangerous and hard to follow, or it may cross areas with sensitive plant life or wildlife habitat. Trailkeepers of Oregon does not endorse or recommend hiking this route. When restrictions are lifted, this notice will be removed.
The "new" bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs (Stevefromdodge)
On the Bagby Hot Springs Trail (bobcat)
Pool, Hot Springs Fork, Bagby Hot Springs Trail (bobcat)
Footbridge over the Hot Springs Fork, Bagby Hot Springs Trail (bobcat)
The trail in to the hot springs (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Caltopo
  • Start point: Bagby Hot Springs TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Bagby Hot Springs
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike type: In and out
  • Distance: 3.4 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 200 feet
  • High point: 2,280 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All Year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Yes

Contents

Hike Description

NOTICE: Trails in this area have been affected by the 2021 Bull Complex Fire. Please check current closures in the Clackamas River Ranger District before planning an outing.

This is a pleasant hike on a well-maintained trail through towering old-growth forest to the famous Bagby Hot Springs. Most times of the year, you won't find much solitude here: it's a communal experience at the hot springs themselves although with most visitors happily soaking, you can freely walk around the premises of the old forest camp and inspect the wooden structures. You'll need to pay your $5 soaking fee at the Bagby Hot Springs Trailhead and pick up a wristband.

Take the wide trail and cross the footbridge over pristine Nohorn Creek. You will enter a lovely old growth forest of large Douglas-firs with western red-cedar and western hemlock and an understory of yew, vine maple, and Oregon grape. The path crosses a short boardwalk, and soon you’ll see the Hot Springs Fork of the Collawash River flowing to your left. This scene, with the mossy rocks and shallow pools of the creek below overhung with vine maple and the large old growth towering overhead, continues until you cross the bridge over the Hot Springs Fork. Rise a little to the footbridge over Peggy Creek and, in short order, you arrive at the rustic bathhouses and log shelters at the Bagby Hot Springs Forest Camp. Walk through this shaded scene, which can become rather crowded on weekends, and note the 126-degree hot spring which feeds the main bathhouse. The 1913 Guard Cabin is to your left and a more recently constructed Guard Station is up to your right. A second hot spring feeds a small bathhouse. The springs are named after Robert Bagby, a local hunter and prospector.

The trail continues farther to a campsite and 30 foot Shower Creek Falls. Then it enters the Bull of the Woods Wilderness (See the Bagby to Silver King Lake Hike).

Maps

  • Maps: Hike Finder
  • Bagby Trail #544 (USFS)
  • Green Trails Maps: Bull of the Woods, OR #524SX
  • Green Trails Maps: Battle Ax, OR #524
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, Bull of the Woods Wilderness, Opal Creek Wilderness, Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area
  • Geo-Graphics: Bull of the Woods and Opal Creek Wilderness Map
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Clackamas River Ranger District
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Mt. Hood National Forest
  • Adventure Maps: Mount Jefferson, Bull of the Woods & Opal Creek Wilderness Trail Map
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • $5 fee for using the hot springs payable at trailhead; those just hiking do not need to pay
  • Campground next to the trailhead; campsites at Shower Creek Falls

Trip Reports

  • Search Trip Reports for Bagby

Related Discussions / Q&A

  • Search Trail Q&A for Bagby

Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest by Evie Litton
  • Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Northwest by Marjorie Gersh-Young
  • Best Hikes With Kids: Oregon by Bonnie Henderson & Zach Urness
  • Best Hikes with Children: Western & Central Oregon by Bonnie Henderson
  • Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide by Chandra LeGue
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald
  • Hiking Mount Hood National Forest by Marcia Sinclair
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington by William L. Sullivan
  • Trips & Trails: Oregon by William L. Sullivan
  • Oregon Hiking by Matt Wastradowski
  • Pacific Northwest Hiking by Craig Hill & Matt Wastradowski
  • Portland Hikes by Art Bernstein & Andrew Jackman
  • Easy Portland Outdoors by Teresa Bergen
  • Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon by Rhonda & George Ostertag
  • PDX Hiking 365 by Matt Reeder
  • 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region by Matt Reeder
  • Best Old Growth Forest Hikes: Washington & Oregon Cascades by John & Diane Cissel
  • A Walking Guide to Oregon's Ancient Forests by Wendell Wood
  • Take a Hike: Portland by Barbara I. Bond
  • 62 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • 70 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • 100 Oregon Hiking Trails by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Oregon's Columbia River Gorge: Camping & Hiking by Tom Stienstra & Sean Patrick Hill
  • Oregon Hiking by Sean Patrick Hill
  • Pacific Northwest Hiking by Scott Leonard & Sean Patrick Hill
  • Waterfall Lover's Guide: Pacific Northwest by Gregory A. Plumb
  • A Hiker's Guide to Oregon's Hidden Wilderness (Central Cascades Conservation Council)

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