Area Status: Open
This trail provides access to Bagby Hot Springs (approximately 1.4 miles from Forest Road 70). The trail is heavily used and well maintained in the first 1.4 miles to Bagby Hot Springs. The Bagby Trail is a long north-south route that traverses the Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Travelling north to south, this trail begins at Hot Springs Fork Road (Forest Road 70) (2,120’) and ends at Forest Road 2209 (3,960’) near Elk Lake. From Hot Springs Fork Road, cross the bridge at Nohorn Creek and head south towards Bagby Hot Springs. The trail follows Hot Springs Fork of the Collowash River and passes through old growth trees in the 1.4 miles to Bagby Hot Springs. Bagby Hot Springs has open air tubs with camping available in the area. From Bagby Hot Springs the trail continues south 0.1 mile and enters the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. The trail continues south 5.6 miles and crosses 14 different streams before reaching a junction (4,000’) with a spur trail to Silver King Lake (approximately 0.2 mile). Continue up the series of switchbacks 1 mile to the summit of the ridge and the junction with Whetstone Trail #546 (4,520’). There are views in all directions from this summit. The trail levels and continues southeast 1.1 mile to the junction with Twin Lakes Trail #573 (4,520’). The trail begins to climb up the rocky ridgeline with views of Mount Jefferson and Silver King Mountain. Continue 2 miles (passing the high point of the trail at 4,880’) to an area with several small ponds (4,640’). The trail continues downhill 1.3 miles to its end at Forest Road 2209 (3,960’).
Bagby Hot Springs Information
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Estacada follow HWY 224 for 26 miles just past the Ripplebrook Guard Station. Then follow road 46 for 4 miles to the junction of road 63. Turn right on road 63 and follow it for 4 miles to the road 70 junction. Turn right on road 70 and follow it for 6 miles to the Bagby Trailhead. Then it is a pleasant 1 ½ mile walk through the forest to the hot springs.