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2017-04-18  
Umpqua Hot Springs, OR
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Umpqua Hot Springs, OR 
Umpqua Hot Springs, OR
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2017
chumley
Hiking1.30 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   0.74 mph
389 ft AEG
 
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We were expecting a longer hike to get here, but the road was unexpectedly open since winter snow has melted.

I got my first real-life experience with the Rainbow Family, a group of whom were living in a school bus at the trailhead.

The FS made this area day-use only last year after visitation sky-rocketed and people started camping along the river for extended periods of time. There's currently a review of the management/use plan ongoing that will probably result in some changes. For now it's just a $5 parking fee, but it didn't look like there had been anybody there to enforce that in quite some time. (Despite there being a fully-staffed ranger station a 10-minute drive away! ](*,) )

The springs are pretty cool. Not the best I've been to. Not bad. The initial pool was too hot to spend more than a minute or two in (reportedly 108F). The next pool was perfect. Three below it were pretty nice too, including the original which has a wooden shelter over it. Four lower pools are very scenic with great views of the river below, but they are all pretty small and the water has cooled off into the lower 90s by then.

A cool little hike with the bonus of soaking in some natural springs.
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108 degrees at the source. A little bit cloudy with a mild scent of sulfer.
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