Shelokum Hot Springs is a lightly visited bathing location nestled deep inside of the Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan, Alaska. It is a natural oasis surrounded by mountain views and dense forest offering shelter for weary travelers to take a break from their trek and settle in for a bit of healing and relaxation.
Hot Springs Pools
Shelokum Hot Spring’s outdoor natural pool is located just feet away from a sturdy, 3-sided shelter that can provide a safe and comfortable place to recover for the day or evening.
These springs are very hot, reaching the ground at an approximate temperature of 198°F. Luckily, visitors can control the hot and cold water to their liking. FYI – 198 would kill you, so most bathers bring the temperatures down to around 100°F.
Shelokum Hot Springs is cared for by the National Forestry Department and are uniquely and totally undisturbed due to light traffic. Therefore, the springs support a healthy population of algae and plant life.
Visitors may camp inside of the Shelokum Shelter on a first-come, first-served basis. It is well maintained and rarely in use.
You will need to chop your own firewood to keep you warm at night and bring plenty of bug and bear repellant. Make sure to carry in all of the camping supplies you will need for a truly primitive experience as no facilities or amenities are available.
Shelokum Hot Springs is located 90 miles north of Ketchikan, Alaska, on the Cleveland Peninsula. The Shelokum Trail is 2.2-miles long and begins at Bailey Bay and steadily climbs to Lake Shelokum. Follow the shore to the inlet of Spring Creek to discover the three-sided shelter, as well as the springs.
Access by floatplane or boat is also possible, with an additional half-mile hike to the springs from the landing position. Remember that trails are often muddy, so come prepared with waterproof hiking boots.
Location: Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
GPS: N55.9831 W131.66048