Engulfed by the Mount Hood National Forest, the trailhead for Bagby Hot Springs is less than an hour’s drive from Estacada, Oregon. Sun dapples in through old growth trees along the well maintained and level 1.5 mile hike to reach three available soaking options.
Bagby Hot Springs Facilities
- The partially covered Private Deck contains five hollowed out logs, each in their own room.
- The Public Deck features three hollowed out log tubs and one whiskey barrel style tub.
- The Upper Deck, which was constructed by the Friends of Bagby, is fitted with another whiskey barrel style tub, which can comfortably accommodate about eight people.
The Bagby Hot Springs Public and Upper Decks are considered public, communal soaking areas. Camping is available at the trailhead and a mere quarter mile beyond the hot springs at Shower Creek Campground. No camping is allowed along the trail or at the hot springs. A $5 soaking fee is currently required, parking is free.
Area recreation near Bagby can be found at Shower Creek Falls or Silver King Lake (6 miles from Shower Creek CG). In 2002, the Forest Service banned alcohol at the hot springs, please be respectful of this rule, and remember to always pack it out! Learn more about Bagby Hot Springs on SoakOregon.com.
Bagby Hot Springs History Lesson
Hunter and prospector, Bob Bagby, discovered the hot springs back in 1880. Not much is known about what happened between then and 1913 when Phil Putz of the Forest Service Guard built a cabin that is still present today. In the 1920s, facilities were expanded to house a small fire crew and in 1974 a new guard cabin was erected. Over the course of many years, a volunteer group known as The Friends of Bagby designed and constructed the current bathing facilities at Bagby. Upkeep was maintained by the Forest Service until the management of Babgy was turned-over to a private organization that presently manages the hot springs. Learn more on the Forest Service website.
Bagby Hot Springs Directions
Directions to Bagby from Estacada:
- From Estacada, drive 26 miles up the Clackamas River Basin South East on Highway 224.
- Turn South on FSR 46 just past Ripplebrook Guard Station.
- Continue on FSR 46 for 4 miles along the Collawash River until you reach a junction with FSR 63.
- Follow FSR 63 South for 4 miles to a junction with FSR 70.
- Take FSR 70 South West for 6 miles to the parking area and trailhead for Bagby Hot Springs. The campground is to the left and Bagby Hot Springs Trailhead on the right upon entering the parking area. There is also an outhouse, trash bin and information booth on-site.
Bagby Hot Springs Soak Stats:
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall (access road often closed during winter)
Type: Hike (1.4 miles Bagby Hot Springs Trail #544)
GPS: 44.936 122.173
Map Quad: BATTLE AX 15 (or Mount Hood National Forest Map)
Elevation: 2,250 ft
Land: Public – Official Page (Picnic Site)
Fee: Yes – $5/person (wristbands for soaking can be purchased on-site with cash or with a credit card at the Ripplebrook Guard Station)
Restrictions: Day use fee, no camping at springs or along trail
Water Clarity: Semi-Clear
Area Features: Shower Creek Falls, Silver King Lake
Closest Food/Gas: Estacada
Camping: Paid at trailhead/parking area, backpack camping past hot springs, other nearby NF campgrounds
Clothing Optional: Only in private bathhouse
Pit Toilet: Yes