Weir Hot Springs

Weir Hot Springs is the secret that is, well, not much of a secret with the locals folks and, increasingly, travelers. Located along Highway 12 in Idaho roughly 20 miles west of Lowell (known for the terrific Lochsa Lodge), the hot springs are roughly a mile hike along Weir Creek to several pools, although the main pool stands out with its clifftop views of the forest and creek. I find the hot springs as the ultimate way to relax and catch a moment or two of sanity. There is a recent built small pool that sits about 10 yards above the main pool, and it is hotter and more private…plus it only fits 3 bodies (2, if you are my size).

As with all hot springs, expect to see naked bodies that you may not want to see, but such is the price. I never know where to look, so I end staring off into the forest, which, in hindsight, might be the best view of all. I appreciate the free-spirit of some folks, but man just a little discretion.

The trail to Weir Hot Springs is slightly up and slightly short

The trail to Weir Hot Springs is slightly up and slightly short

The main pool of Weir Hot Springs

The main pool of Weir Hot Springs

Small upper pool...a little more private

Small upper pool…a little more private

The trail is in great shape...now

The trail is in great shape…now

Weir Creek cascades under the cedars and firs

Weir Creek cascades under the cedars and firs

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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