Bagby Hot Springs Trail #544

A historic wooden structure in the forest

Bagby Hot Springs Trail #544 is heavily used and well maintained in the first 1.4 miles to the popular Bagby Hot Springs site. The full 12.5 mile trail continues south to traverse through 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’). Fee: $5.00 per person to soak, can be purches at the Ripplebrook Store or pay at the trail head.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be extra careful in burned areas!

Watch out for burned trees, eroded slopes, mudslides, missing trails, or possible flash floods. For more info on safety in burned areas, click here. 

NOTE: Bagby Hot Springs is closed and will open sometime in 2023. The hot springs require an operator on site for safety and damage concerns.
Fees: $5/wrist band-per-person for soaking; purchase these at Ripplebrook Store or at the trailhead.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness restriction apply in Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2) at trailhead
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District: (971) 333-4100

General Information


From Portland, OR - Take Highway 26 east about 50 miles staying on Highway 26 at the junction with Highway 35. Turn right onto Skyline Rd./Forest Road 57 with signs towards Timothy Lake. Follow Skyline Rd./Forest Road 57 along the southern arm of Timothy Lake. Continue on to Highway 224 westbound. Turn left at Forest Road 46 southbound and head south until you reach the junction with Forest Road 63 on the right. Take Forest Road 63 until the junction of Forest Road 70 with signs leading to Bagby Hotsprings. Head west on Forest Road 70 until you reach the Bagby Campground parking area on the right side of the road. Then it is a pleasant 1 ½ mile walk through the forest to the hot springs.


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  Area/Length : 
12.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
2120' - 4880'