Ten Mile Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Idaho

All of Idaho's natural hot springs are too catchy and comfortable!

For those who think so, I recommend this discreet and sometimes unpleasant one.

Downstream source is not suitable for soaking

The straight line stretching east to west from Stanley, Idaho, through Lowman to Banks is a hot springs road that seems to encapsulate the charm of America's wild hot springs.

A wide variety of inspiring and pleasant wild hot springs are on offer.

Ten Mile Creek Road 01

In this context, the sobriety and wildness of Ten Mile Hot Springs is, in a sense, a realistic wild experience.

Between the famous Bonneville Hot Springs and Kirkham Hot Springs.

ReferenceBonneville Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Idaho

This wild hot spring is one of the quintessential Idaho hot springs with its dangerous charm. The too-small soak shack was also wonderful. Soak shack on the cliff Bonneville Hot Springs is located along Idaho State Route 21, near the ...

ReferenceKirkham Hot Springs - Hot Springs in Idaho

Kirkham Hot Springs is a landmark of sorts among Idaho's many wild hot springs. Here, environmental destruction due to excessive popular concentration is a problem. Mountainside pools Of the large number of undeveloped hot springs scattered throughout the mountains north ...

Ten Mile Creek Road 02

From State Route 21, take Ten Mile Creek Road and travel south along a tributary of the South Fork Payette River.

Trail 01

I pulled over where the dirt road breaks off, and from here it was a 0.6-mile hike.

Ten Mile Creek 02

A sudden crossing of the river.

Ten Mile Creek was a narrow creek, and I could cross it on foot without difficulty unless the water was rising.

Trail 02

Have you heard of the Proust effect?

A phenomenon in which a particular odor evokes memories and emotions associated with it.

Lower Pool 02

In my case, the scent of pine evokes the excitement of my days when I would devote my whole being to touring the hot springs of North America.

There were countless pine cones lying along the way.

Lower Pool 01

As far as I could ascertain, there were two main sources.

The downstream source was located in a wetland a short distance from the stream and discharged parallel to the river.

Ten Mile Creek 01

There used to be a kind of rock pool, but it was buried in mud and too shallow for soaking.

Water Temp 01

I went back a little the way I came and checked the point where the hot water pours into the river.

The water temp was 102 degrees F; lukewarm.

Wildness of upstream source

Fire Pit 01

Slightly upstream from there, I found a fire pit.

Source 02

The other source was located under a natural levee with the fire pit.

There's more gushing this way.
You can count on it.
Source 01

It was 122 degrees F hot water.

Water Temp 02

The water was clear, colorless, tasteless, and odorless, and the reddish-brown algae really showed where the hot water was located.

Upper Pool 03

The water was too hot for soaking as it was, but someone had skillfully set up a rock pool to mix with the river water.

Upper Pool 02

Frightened by the attack of the horsefly, I hastily devised the water flow and submerged myself in the not-so-comfortable hot water.

That was the best part of the wild hot springs.

Upper Pool 01


10 Mile Hot Springs, Boise National Forest, Idaho, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 122 degrees F

  • Writer

Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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