Jerry Johnson Hot Springs – Idaho
Out in the wilderness of Idaho lies a well kept local secrete called Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. This primitive natural pool is nestled along Warms Springs Creek in Clearwater National Forest. With the flowing waters and forest backdrop, you will feel like you went back in time where it’s just you and mother nature. This is one of those magical hot springs only a few states can boast about.
There are three different natural pool areas for to enjoy at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. The first section is directly connected to the river creek and is formed by a rock wall keeping the hot mineral waters in. It’s the hottest of all three averaging around 115 degrees, but can be adjusted by moving a few rocks to let some of the colder waters in. The second section is a little down river and is a pocket of a few different smaller rock walled pool areas. Again, depending on the amount of water coming in from the creek will determine the temperature of the hot springs tubs. The last option is off the river and smack dab in the middle of a meadow. This comes with unbelievable views of the wilderness as well as the flowing creek. This is the coolest of all the areas averaging around 102 degrees. Whichever you choose it’s the perfect way to kill a few hours and soak in Idaho’s natural mineral waters.
During the summer months, Jerry Johnson Hot Springs can get a little crowded, but not too bad. Clothing is optional an you may see some naked people if nobody else is around. There isn’t camping allowed at the location, but there is a campsite roughly a mile away.
Directions to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
From Grangerville, Idaho
1. Start on ID-13 Business East for a mile
2. Make a right onto US-12 East and travel for approximately 75 miles
3. You will reach your destination at MP 152 which has a parking lot and the trailhead to get you to the springs.
Once you park you will cross the highway and over a bridge, where the Lochsa River runs under. You will see a sign and trailhead called Warm Springs Trail which winds very close to the creek. It’s about a one mile hike, but extremely easy and gives you some epic views of Clearwater National Forest. Happy Soaking!