Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

Lookking down on the three pools at Terwilliger Hot SpringsAs you walk the 1/4 mile trail to this clothing optional hot springs, you are enveloped in the dark hues of primeval woodland, touched by mottled light filtering down from treetops high above and the invigorating scene of the lagoon with the gorgeous Rider Creek waterfall spilling into it.

There are six soaking pools spaced apart by rock walls laid out in steps down a ravine. Temperatures range from 85 degrees in the lower pool to 112 degrees in the upper pool. The pools are 3-12 feet across and an average of 2-3 feet deep. The pool floors are mostly bedrock but some gravel, sand and debris remain at the bottom of the pool.

If you do visit this popular hot springs, please preserve the experience for you and for future visitors by observing the following: There is no alcohol allowed, the hot springs are for day use only and camping is restricted to developed campgrounds in the Cougar Recreation Area. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/3/2017: Due to wildfires, this area is closed including stretch of Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19), McKenzie Highway 242, the Three Sisters Wilderness and a portion of the Mt. Washington Wilderness. …details
Operational Hours: Day use only. Closed sundown to sunrise (strictly enforced). Closed Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 12 noon for cleaning. 
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees
  • Day Pass - $6 per person, per day
  • Annual Pass - $60 per year
Fee area includes hot springs, trail, lagoon, and parking lot. On site payment option.
Open Season: Year Round, but Forest Service Rd 19 is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
Closest Towns: Blue River, OR
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: No passes honored.
Operated By: American Land & Leisure
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Hot Springs Map

Information kiosk, clothing rack, garbage receptacles, there is NO water

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Accessibility:

The .25 mile long trail to the hotsprings is composed of densely packed gravel and soil and is not maintained for wheelchair access. The trail is generally low gradient, however in a few areas there are short, steeper grades that may be difficult for people with mobility limitations. During the winter, snow and ice accumulations may make the trail particularly difficult. Narrow rock steps lead to the pools and are not wheelchair accessible and may pose a challenge for someone with mobility limitations.

 


Directions:

Road conditions may change rapidly and visitors should use extreme caution when traveling on Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19), especially in the winter. This road is not maintained for snow and ice and travel is at your own risk.

FROM HIGHWAY 126: From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19). Continue on south Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y to the top of Cougar Reservoir. Continue south on Aufderheide Drive for 5 miles to Terwilliger Hot Springs parking lot.

FROM HIGHWAY 58: Take Westfir Road across from the Middle Fork Ranger Station and turn left at the stop sign. Continue to the red covered bridge. Go past the bridge and the road becomes Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19). Continue on Aufderheide Scenic Byway for about 50 miles until you reach the Terwilliger Hot Springs parking lot.


Parking:

The parking area is approximately 300 yards away from the entry station for the hotsprings and the Rider Creek Trail #3319 continues west another 1/4 mile to Terwilliger Hot Springs.

Parking lot capacity is limited and parking with any portion of a vehicle on the paved surface of Forest Road 19 is prohibited.


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Amenities

Toilets Vault
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Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.08359593482862

  Longitude : 
-122.2329566434418

  Elevation : 
1700 feet