Terwilliger Hot Springs

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Terwilliger Hot Springs is one of Oregon’s Best Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs (Also known as Cougar Hot Springs) is one of those places that you hate to tell others about.  You like it so much that you want to keep it a secret from the rest of the world.

Simply put, this is a magical spot hidden within this super-natural forest.  (I say supernatural not because it is un-natural, but it is the pinnacle of what we would imagine a pristine forest to be.  It is that lush forest that we might see on an exotic movie set.

Terwilliger Hot Springs are a fantastic place to soak away anxiety and stress that you may have brought with you from the city.  It is also a great place to relax after a long hike, mountain bike ride or a day of skiing at Hoodoo.

The hot springs emerge from a small cave (you can climb into it) and flows out into 5 cascading pools.  As the water flows down into the lower pools the temperature gets a little cooler.

Hours:

Open year round from dawn to dusk.

Directions:

As you pass the reservoir on your left take a moment to enjoy the sweeping views.  You should see a small shack/kiosk on the right and a parking area on the left.  (Terwilliger Hot Springs is about an hour from Eugene and 90 minutes from Bend)

Park in the lot and walk on the path to the kiosk.  There is a $6 per person day use fee.  Pay the fee at the kiosk.  There is usually an attendant there, if not pay anyway.  (The fees help maintain the hot springs and the fines for not paying are steep.)  You’ll continue to walk through the forest for about a 1/4 mile.  (No worries – the path is well worn and easy to follow.)

Day Use Fee:

$6 per person cash or check.  Terwilliger Hot Springs annual passes are available for $60 good for the calendar year – so buy them early in the year for best value.

Soaking Etiquette

Clothing is OPTIONAL – so do not make others feel uncomfortable for either wearing – or not wearing a swimsuit.  If public nudity bothers you, don’t visit these springs.*   (You may want to consider asking the Forest Service to institute a no nudity day for those who prefer a bit more modesty in public places.)

No glass containers (for obvious reasons) and no alcoholic beverages.

Do not smoke around others – smoking nearby is bothersome for most non-smokers.

Other Hot Springs

*For nice hot springs experience without fear of encountering naked people visit Belknap Hot Springs.  It is not far away, it is further east up Hwy 126 between McKenzie Bridge and the Ranger Station.  Day use fee $10-15.  Hot springs are piped into a swimming pool.  Indoor changing rooms.

GPS Coordinates: 

Latitude: 44.08389 : Longitude: -122.23194

Elevation: 1700 ft

 

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We are still looking at an end of spring opening. Will post any new news on reopening when we get it.

Until then, just assume that it’s closed.
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The last word from the Forrest service is that it’s still closed and now that govt is back to work I would not go until an official Open announcement. You can be cited (fined) if you go before it’s open.

I’m told by the ranger that it’s still closed and you can be cited/fined for being there. Please wait for an official Open notice.

Brandon is spot on, keeping it closed would most likely help the forest recover faster.

The hot springs isn’t operated as a money maker. The forest service staffers likely would prefer it get less usage. The hot springs is operated by a 3rd party. The feds only get a small percent of what’s collected. The operator is required to man and keep it up - clean etc. If we have late snow it will affect the ability to manage the site for safety and the surrounding forest. It will likely delay any opening.

I Do not recommending going until you get an official Open announcement from the ranger. 1. It needs time to recover 2. You can get a huge fine. Now that the forest service employees are back at work I wouldn’t risk the fine. It’s big.

I visited last weekend, no police or closing signed but it still seems closed down & the trail there had burned trees the way down. I’d give it another 2 months at least to re-grow & recover. I’d assume ready by end of March. Snow is high there now but still accessible, I wouldn’t recommend going yet though. Should be great by April though I’d assume. 😇

Keep it closed! Let it revive itself before trouncing all over it. I know it’s I great money maker, but the springs need time to heal. There are too many townies ruining it for the rest of us.

It needs space away from Human activity. Re-generate. Such a precious sacred spot in our beloved forest.

Let it rest and recover. Such a beautiful spot.

The road may not be melted until may

Thanks for keeping us updated!

Keep it closed. Needs time to Re-generate. People in the past literally abused it.

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