Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trailhead provides access to:

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Terwilliger Hot Springs is for day use only. Closed sundown to sunrise (strictly enforced). The hot springs are closed Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 12 noon for cleaning. 
Reservations: First come, first served. Limited to 15 people in pool at a time with a two hour limit.
Open Season: Year Round, but Forest Service Rd 19 is not maintained for snow and ice in the winter
Restrictions: Camping is restricted to developed campgrounds in the Cougar Recreation Area
Information Center:   McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


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.



The parking area is approximately 300 yards away from the entry station for the hot springs 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.

Day use only. No overnight parking (strictly enforced). 

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