Barnes Warm Springs - Hot Springs in Oregon

Stop by if you are traveling in Eastern Oregon in the summer.

This mysterious tepid water springs from a pond beside the canal.

Frenchglen Hotel & Drover's Inn

From Burns, Oregon, head south on State Highway 205.

Just an hour's drive away is Frenchglen, a community of about 10 people.

Frenchglen Hotel & Drover’s Inn 01

Beautiful whitewashed buildings along the road caught my eye.

This is the French Glen Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is also available for overnight stays except during the winter months.

Frenchglen Hotel & Drover’s Inn 02

Built in 1924, the hotel was in its early years a regular lodging for visitors to nearby livestock companies.

Today, guests who come for the unspoiled wilderness stay here.

A quiet spring bubbling up

Gate 01

The highway makes a sharp turn in front of the French Glen Hotel, where the Steens Mountain Loop branches off.

Footpath 01

This road can take you near the top of Steens Mountain, which is nearly 10,000 ft above sea level.

Gate 02

Further branching off just beyond this intersection is the Barnes Springs Footpath.

Canal 01

Here I got out of the car and hiked 0.9 miles one way.

Footpath 02

The trail was flat along the canal.

It looks blurry.
It's the smoke from the wildfires.
Panorama 01

When I saw a pond behind huge rocks on the left, I have arrived.

Footpath 03

A trail led into the bushes.

Pool 01

And a mystically clear pond appeared.

Pool 02

The east end of the pond was connected to a canal, which was calf-deep.

Source 02

At the western end was the source that gushed up from a rocky area protected by a wire fence and a nearby sandy area.

Source 01

Clear, colorless, tasteless, odorless, and 88 degrees F.

Water Temp 01

The lukewarm water will be pleasant in the summer.

Rocks were placed to dam up the area around the source, making it deep enough for soaking.

Soaking 01

It was the perfect place to spend a quiet, peaceful, solitary Sunday.


Barnes Warm Springs, Frenchglen, Oregon, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing optional

Chemical use: No

Water temp: 88 degrees F

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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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