Trail Creek and Vulcan Hot Springs, ID

Spent the weekend hiking through the Boise National Forest. From Boise, 55 to Warm Lake Road takes you to Trail Creek Hot Springs. Go a little farther and turn on logging road 474 to find the trail to Vulcan Hot Springs.

Trail Creek Hot Springs


Trail Creek is by far my favorite hot springs.

Bikini hot springs

Bring your swimsuit just in case 😉

Bridge hot springs

A forest fire went through parts of Boise National Forest back in 2010. I read that Vulcan Hot Springs used to have pools to enjoy but since the fire and careless people, those pools no longer exist. On my way back to the car, I passed a couple men who had packed tools and materials to repair the pools, so there may be something there in the near future. For now, it’s enjoyable and eerie to walk around the hot springs amidst dead and/or fallen trees.

Vulcan Source

The blue holes at the bottom of the photo are the springs.

Vulcan Steam Vulcan Source stream

Vulcan Camp

Primitive Camping Area

I’m grateful to have been able to travel the old logging roads in this area. I was reminded of the quote by Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Road less traveled


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