As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tires get us to places we have to go, and more importantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see.
So … go soak your head! And the rest of yourself in a dip in Jerry Johnson Hot Springs.
This is best recommended to visit during fall and winter, and follows a scenic drive along U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. It’s a short, easy hike through a cedar forest; however, users recommend crampons and hiking poles for navigating the trail during winter as some places can be very icy. And as far as swimwear goes at the springs, note that some users disregard that option.
Access is at the Warm Springs Trailhead, located at milepost 152. According to the Forest Service, the area is known for its panoramic views of the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and is a perfect spot for horseback riding, hiking and hot spring enjoyment. Two parking spaces are provided: one is for stock use.
Several pools are available for a soak, ranging in size to fit from three soakers up to 25. The site is for day-use, and if it’s crowded, the Weir Creek Hot Springs is only eight miles away.
The springs are located approximately an hour and a half from Kooskia, and from here it is only 63 miles southwest of Missoula.
Ready to travel? Check out The Tire Guy for your vehicle needs, as well as for roadside tire assistance. We’re here to help get you places: 208-816-8040 (ask for Rick) or 208-962-3241 (shop), 502 Main Street in Cottonwood.