Bagby Hot Springs are located in the old-growth Mount Hood National Forest, 67 miles southeast of Portland and 88 miles northeast of Salem. This is the most popular destination and is available for use 24 hours a day, year-round. It can be crowded during weekends and holidays. Sometimes waiting time for tubs is an hour or more.
Bagby Hot Springs parking is located at the Bagby Trailhead. It takes approximately 45-60 minutes to walk to hot springs. A fee is $5 per person. The trail through the magical ancient forest along the bank of the Collawash River is easy and clear.
There are three soaking areas. The main upper bath house has five cedar wood tubs; each of them is in a private tub room. The next lower public bath house has three log tubs for one-two persons and one big family tub. There is an opened deck bath house with one big family tub that is located roughly 100 yards from the main soaking area. Nudity is allowed in the private rooms only.
Bagby Hot Springs Features
Access allowed: year-round; 24 hours, the roads can be closed due to winter road conditions
Development: partly developed, rustic bathhouses, cedar wood tubs, log tubs
Clothing: required in the public bathhouses
Service: no services are available except for a pit toilet
Accommodations: tent sites - 0.25 miles from the hot springs; Kingfisher Campground - 4 miles east; motels or hotels in Estacada - 38 miles west
Distance from parking: 1.4 miles
Fees (2016): $5 per a person, children under 11 are free
Elevation: 2280 ft (695 m)
GPS coordinates: 44.9544444, -122.168333
Address: Bagby Hot Springs, Clackamas County, OR, United States
Water temperature: 120°F (49°C) - 138°F (59°C), should be mixed with cold water
Water acidity level: alkaline (pH=9.7)
Type of spring: Silicon and Sodium Carbide Sulfate
Chemical used: none
Driving Directions to Bagby Hot Springs
From Portland. From I-205, take exit 12 in Clackamas. Follow highway 224 East.
From Salem. Drive on highway 213 to Molalla. Right turn onto highway 211, and before Estacada, turn right onto highway 224.
Follow highway 224 east for about 26 miles from Estacada to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station. Highway 224 becomes road 46 after the Ranger Station. Drive 3.5 miles to Forest Road 63, turn right onto Forest Road 63, and follow 3 miles to road 70, turn right onto road 70 and drive 5.5 miles to the Bagby Trailhead. The Bagby Trailhead and parking facility are on the left.
Note: It is crowded on weekends and holidays.
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