Goldbug Hot Springs
Address: Salmon, ID 83467
General Description: High up a tumbling creek with yawning views of the Salmon River valley, Goldbug is perfect for a nature-loving family with big lungs. It's a respectable hike from the Goldbug trailhead to this steamy terrace of semi-private pools tucked along a cascading creek–almost 1,000 vertical feet over three miles. But it's worth it: The water is bathtub-warm, the surrounding hillsides are grassy and inviting, and when the kids are busy building slime castles, mom and dad can watch the sunset from one of the couple-size pools nearby. Nestled in Idaho's rugged backcountry, Goldbug is without a doubt one of Idaho's most beautiful hidden hot springs. Fed by multiple waterfalls, a day-trip to to this remote gem will require a 2-mile hike that passes through private property.
Directions: Located 23 miles south of Salmon on Highway 93. South of the community of Elk Bend, turn east on the county maintained road and travel for 0.3 miles to arrive at the trailhead.
Hot Springs Tips: Parking at Gold Bug trailhead is limited. Gold Bug has camping for overnight use. Camping isn't permitted within 500 feet of the hot springs.
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