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Stanley Hot Springs
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Stanley Hot Springs, August 2008
Location Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Idaho County, Idaho
United States.
Coordinates 46°18′59″N 115°15′31″W / 46.31639°N 115.25861°W / 46.31639; -115.25861
Elevation 3,583 feet (1,092 m)
Type Geothermal spring
Temperature 106°F / 41°C
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Stanley Hot Springs is a series of thermal springs located in the Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho County, Idaho, United States.


From Lewiston, Idaho, take U.S. Route 12 east toward Lolo Pass. Once past the town of Lowell drive approximately 26 miles (42 km) to the Wilderness Gateway Campground. Trailhead parking is located past the 'A' and 'B' loops. There is no parking fee. Access to the hot springs is via Trail #211.

Seasonal note

The bridge crossing Boulder Creek washed away in the winter of 1998-99. The USFS has not yet expressed intent to rebuild it. The hot springs must now be accessed by as follows:

  • ford the creek,
  • a little down river from the trail site there is a log jam. The logs are well stuck in place and make a bridge across the river. Follow the logs zig zagging across the river to the center island and then there is a log that has been rope strung into a makeshift bridge over the last half of the creek.

The optimal times to visit are after the spring runoff and before heavy snowfall, although it is possible to snowshoe into the hot springs.

Water profile

The geothermally heated water emerges at 106°F / 41°C.

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