Skinnydipper Hot Springs Feat. The Crappy Old String Band!

10.23.2008

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The hike and hot pools of famed Skinnydipper Hot Springs located in south-central Idaho. Featuring Bluegrass from 'The Crappy Old String Band' with Bart Rayne on Banjo and Vocals.

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Moose Poached near Worswick Hot Springs in Idaho

10.13.2008
A bull moose was killed illegally on Sept. 26 or Sept. 27 north of Fairfield, Idaho in the Rosetta Creek drainage near Worswick Hot Springs, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game. This area is located in Fish and Game Big Game Unit 44, Rosetta Creek is a tributary of Little Smoky Creek.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward to help solve the Idaho moose poaching case.

If any hot springers/outdoor enthusiasts have any information relating to this event please call the Citizen's Against Poaching Hotline at 1 (800) 632-5999 or the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Callers can remain anonymous and a reward of $2,500 may be issued for information leading to a conviction.

You may also submit information online with the Idaho Fish and Game 'Report A Poacher' form.

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[where: Fairfield, ID]

Most 'Interesting' Pictures

10.11.2008
According to Flickriver, which is a nifty web application that breathes extra functionality into Flickr, here are my most 'interesting' pictures on Flickr:

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Skinnydipper Hot Springs Pics

10.06.2008


Think Green



From Slightly Above



View from the Pool



True That - Keepers Needed



The Party Pool



Short trip report this time: In a nutshell - a badass trip because of low trash, clean pools and friendly soakers. Usually, a trip to Skinny means hauling down at least a couple bags of trash.
Rating A+

The Rocky Molly Update

Trip Reports for Rocky Canyon and Molly's Tubs Hot Springs in Idaho

09.16.08 Rocky Canyon Hot Springs

Decisions

A welcome improvement to report at Rocky Canyon Hot Springs; the hot water channel and pool mortaring has been revamped; hot water from the source now travels down an encased tunnel, which helps trap the necessary heat required to keep the pools sizzlin hot. All of the pools feature elevated temperatures. Lately, it's been the opposite, and soaking near the top was a must. Now, it's time to enjoy the lower pools. That creek ford though, it was cold. At least the water is low this time of year, and the pools are waiting to warm your numb feet one way in. On Sunday, this place was slammed, uber-slammed! Come Monday, not a soul.
Rating: A+

09.15.08 Molly's Tubs Hot Springs

Molly's Tubs

Not much new to report here... tubs and temps are in good soaking condition. Check out the video for more. Note: all primitive and official campground are currently closed for restoration purposes. Camping anywhere in the vicinity will be difficult at best.
Rating: B+

Molly's Tubs Hot Springs Northeast of Cascade

10.05.2008


A quick look at Molly's Tubs Hot Springs, located in the Boise National Forest, northeast of Cascade, Idaho.

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Weir Creek Hot Springs in Idaho Trip Report

10.04.2008
North Idaho Wonder

Unfortunately, my schedule only allowed for a late night run at Weir Creek Hot Springs. Which just means no pics, but some video turned-out. It was a stellar soak under a thick blanket of stars overlooking a dense forest with crystal-clear Weir Creek chatting away in the background. The pool clocked-in at 108! Good thing it was brisk. After observing two shooting stars while eating a wheel of cheese, some peanut butter and trail mix I decided to call it good.

On the way out I crossed paths with a couple and their dog attempting to navigate their way in. I helped them coordinate, and left hoping they took it slow due to their lack of decent flashlights. Even when hiking during daylight, there are still plenty of sharp drops on slick dirt, mysterious trail intersections and skirmishes with Weir Creek to contend with. During spring runoff, access to the hot springs can be quite a challenge. A good trekking pole/hiking staff is handy here year-round.

Camp was pitched nearby; I remembered the location of a handful of nice primitive campsites just down a dirt FSR close to the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs trailhead, tomorrow's agenda.
Rating A

Soaking in the Clearwater National Forest at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (Trip Report)

10.03.2008
JJ Signage

The Clearwater National Forest and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is a longtime Idaho favorite for natural, primitive hot springs. Located in north-central Idaho and primarily accessible off State Highway 12, this is the state's lushest region in regard to hot springs hiking and backpacking trips.

I favor this region partially because of the associated diversity of travelers. Sure, there are locals, mostly from across the border in Montana... Missoula is close by with a hearty population of ready and able hot springers. What I've found to be unique is meeting people from not only around the country, but from other countries. All have been, in my experience, friendly, outdoor enthusiasts that possess a pure love the for the wilderness. Most seem to be escaping city life, or just life in general... taking refuge in one of nature's finest. I've been offered to share a meal, campfire and/or beer in this area more times than I can remember.

Jerry Johnson #3

This area was the last place I backpacked with a lifelong friend and backpacking partner before he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. I can always feel his presence around here. It was an amazing last trip... complete with a visit from Stanley's Hot Springs Moose. I've got video, it'll go up... soon I promise. :) I will forever miss our annual backpacking hot springs expeditions.

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs was a sight for sore eyes if there ever was one. Even the dirt feels different beneath your feet here. The ground is soft, and crunches slowly under the weight of each footfall. The moist air helps keep the trail dust down and bare legs relatively clean. The hike through the Clearwater National Forest is too short. Early in the morning it is has a medieval like appeal at sunrise, when fragments of light pierce the wooded veil like flashlight beams on a starless night.

Cloud Soakers

Idaho's southern forests in comparison (save for the southeast) are dry. Aside from the mighty Ponderosa Pines, the trees don't always blot out the sky. Easy to bushwhack, forget about it up north. More snakes, less berries. About the same amount of wolves and black bears, but less grizzlies. There's none in the south, and a handful supposedly up north. Nothing to worry about though, the majority of wilderness animals in Idaho have not been exposed to trash. Another good reason to keep a clean camp and pack out everything.

There are 3 sources at Jerry Johnson. The first I had never soaked in until this particular trip; the waterfall-fed pools. Only one pool was prime for soaking, and was well worth it I might add. The 2nd source's primary pool was too cool, clocking in at 98, and the 3rd source's only pool was a perfect 103. It was qualified, and enjoyed immensely.

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

East of Jerry Johnson Hot Springs lies a Forest Service operated outfitter camp, typically stocked with a few horses. In the trailhead parking lot was a Forest Service pickup, but it was unclear if it was from the outfitter or a decoy left behind as a reminder of nighttime closure. The previous evening this place was slammed at dusk with 8-10 vehicles and FS personnel. Regardless, a quiet soak was enjoyed early the next morning.

I even made up a Selway-Bitterroot rap, which I unfortunately was singing out loud before encountering a grinning, chuckle-suppressing young lady with a camera just a few feet ahead during the hike out. I remember her in particular because of the vehicle she drove. It was jam-packed with provisions, caked in dirt and a long way from home.... scratched into the mud on the back window read "Free Bird". No wonder her smile was so big.

Rating: A

Make sure you don't jump into a pool that's too hot! Not fun, and easy to do during the winter season. A waterproof thermometer can come in handy.

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