Goldbug Hot Springs
Goldbug Hot Springs in Salmon, Idaho is one of the most serene and beautiful sights you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Not only are there pools that are the perfect temperature, but the view from 6,200 feet up is absolutely stunning. The two mile hike includes a 1,350 foot elevation gain which makes the hike moderately difficult. Since the hot springs are located in the canyon there are a lot of steep climbs along the way. Once you see the steep staircase, you are close to the springs. Even though the hike up to the springs is challenging, there is plenty of beautiful scenery to stop and enjoy along the way.
How To Get There
Salmon, Idaho is about three hours from Rexburg off highway 93. As a result, plan on making this an all day trip. Even though Salmon is a smaller, rural town, there are still some great food options after your day hiking back and forth from the hot springs. Or you can pack your own lunch or snacks for the day.
The Hot Springs Experience
You will feel instant relief once you step into the hot springs. They are the perfect temperature to sit in and relax after the hike. The view from the springs is absolutely amazing and would be worth the hike sans hot springs. It is truly a gorgeous part of the state to spend some time in.
When To Go
The hot springs are hot year round and the view is stunning no matter when you go. However the hike will be different depending on the time of year. Obviously, the winter weather brings snow and ice, which makes the hike drastically harder. If you plan on going during the winter, make sure you bring snow boots with good traction because the trail will more-than-likely be icy. Our opinion is that the best time to go is in the fall because the weather is mild with minimal to no snow yet. Spring will most likely be muddy and summer can be too hot for sitting in hot springs. For the best all-around experience, we recommend August through October.
If you wondering if camping is allowed, the answer is yes. However, according to the BLM, camping is prohibited within a quarter mile of the trail head. The reason for this is because it is on private property with access provided by an easement. It is also prohibited to camp within 500 feet of the hot springs except for the highest hot spring. Camping spots are easy to spot along the trail and a free to use. Camping overnight also gives you a great view of the stars. Remember the “leave no trace” policy when it comes to camping. Always leave your campground better than you found it. This way, you can help maintain the natural beauty of the hot springs and its surroundings.
Is It Worth It?
Overall, Goldbug Hot Springs will be a great, fun, and exciting experience for anyone who decides to go. Whether you only spend the day up there, or if you choose to camp overnight, you will not be disappointed. In our humble opinion, the trip is definitely worth it!
What To Bring
Here is a short list of things you should probably bring on this amazing hike:
- String bag/small backpack
- Hiking shoes
- Flip flops
- Light towel
- Tent/sleeping bag (if camping)
- Flashlight (if camping)