Pine Burl hot springs is another stunner tucked away in the wilderness of western Idaho near Cascade in the Boise National Forest. There is a heavy covering of tall pines surrounding the pool, and Dash Creek, a Middle Fork Payette tributary, runs close by. It’s enough to lull anyone into a relaxed state.
The Pools and Other Activities
To get to the springs, you’ll have to go on a trek deemed moderate but enjoyable. It’s a relatively steep 2-mile hike from the trailhead near Boiling Strings. Even if you’re not a big fan of hiking, it’s well worth the effort, as you’ll go right by Moondipper and Lil Dipper hot springs on the way. You can take the opportunity to try three areas instead of just one.
The pool itself has a lovely sandy bottom with rock walls and mortar reinforcement. There are both hot and cold water controls as well as a drain that helps keep things clean. It may be a natural spring, but there are human reinforcements here.
It’s a great area for camping, fishing, and even finding some other hikes. If you enjoy being active in nature, this is a great spot for it. Many people take advantage and stay for multiple nights at a time.
If you continue slightly past Pine Burl, there’s a campground nearby. There are also lots of sites along the forest road. Be aware the latter are primitive. Be sure to bring a tent, soft sleeping materials, and any food you expect to eat. There are no cafes in the vicinity.
It’s about a 2 hours 15 minutes drive from Cascade. Take South Main Street out of town. It will eventually become ID-55 South. Pass through Alpha, and eventually turn left on Round Valley Road to take Bacon Creek Road, Forest Road 670, and Forest Road 698 to the trailhead for the springs. GPS coordinates: 44°22’28.4″N 115°50’13.6″W
Address: Forest Road 698, Valley County, Idaho
Season: Year-round, but be aware that the service road that provides access is usually snowed out through the beginning of May. Snowmobiles can be used.