This Hot Spring Day Trip Near Portland Is All You Need For Fall
There are not many things as refreshing as a soak in a natural hot spring. This hot spring, located in the heart of Mt. Hood National Forest, is one of the most famed public hot springs in the region. Open for 24-hour use, Bagby Hot Springs is your must-go fall destination. Now is the time to visit, as the roads are not maintained in the winter, making travel to the wooded destination during the snowy season perilous for most.
From the road, there is a 1.5 mile hike to the hot springs, which takes about 45 minutes each way to complete. The scenery along the trail is gorgeous, making you forget the time altogether.
You will quickly cross the Collawash River, and travel along the the banks of the Hot Springs Fork of the river.
Once you arrive, a sign greets you and lets you know you are in the right place.
The lovely wooded hot springs here feature three bath houses, all of which allow nudity indoors.
All three bathhouses are fed with water from two hot springs in the area.
Bagby has a variety of tubs to suit everyone's needs. There are private tubs, as well as communal ones, although the wait is often longer for private tubs.
Many of the tubs are made of hollowed logs, while other newer wooden tubs have been installed in one of the bathhouses.
There are no services at Bagby, so be sure to bring whatever you need with you when you come. Also be sure to pack out any trash with you so that the area stays beautiful for the next guests.
There is a $5 parking fee charged by the Forest Service to visit the hot springs.
Bagby Hot Springs is located of Highway 224 south of Estacada. Look for the Bagby Trailhead sign from the parking area to begin your journey to pure bliss.
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