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“A Portland Experience.”
Review of Bagby Hot Springs

Reviewed July 3, 2014

Although the Springs are located a ways outside of Estacada, visiting them is a uniquely Portland thing to do. I had been wanting to go for years, and finally made the drive this Monday. What a great place! The hike is almost completely level on a well-maintained trail. There are two types of tubs. Some are like giant wine barrels and some are hollowed out logs, big enough for two people. One tub fits four to five people. The day we were there, there was no wait for a tub.

It is a great feeling soaking in the warm water out in the middle of the forest. I would love to go back at night. It has a rustic vibe that must be super cool in candle light. The tubs are clothing optional and there was a couple who chose to go natural the afternoon we were there. If that is offensive to you, it would be better to stay away.

It is supposed to be alcohol free, but the afternoon we were there this was not being enforced. It wasn't a big party or anything. Just people relaxing in a hot tub with beer or wine.

I highly recommend this activity. Between the drive, the hike and the soaking, it was a full day.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

I have been there numerous times and it only gets better. Do not follow GPS, it will take you nowhere near it. Pick up a map from the ranger station just outside Estacada. If you are looking to avoid the crowd I recommend hiking up in the morning. It can get busy and loud in the evenings. Camping is $16 per night AND $5 per person to access the springs. Well worth it. Enjoy.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

From Portland we drove about an hour and fifteen minutes on a Saturday Afternoon. The ride there itself was breathtaking as we moved along the Clackamas River. When we arrived there was plenty of parking and no one messed with our vehicle. We were greeting by a National Park Ranger who was very friendly and very informative. He collected five dollars from each of us and gave us yellow wrist bands to put on. We hiked a mile and half through an old growth forest and I couldn't help but take plenty of pictures. The trail was clean with a view down to the river most of the way. The Hot Springs area was very family friendly and we waited just an hour to get into the soaking tub near the back of the area. Although nudity is allowed in certain area's, everyone was in shorts or a bathing suit. It was private, the soak was exhilarating and the people were very friendly and respectful. We hiked another quarter mile down to the waterfall and felt like we were alone in some enchanted forest. Overall, this was an excellent day out.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

DO NOT USE YOUR GPS TO FIND THIS PLACE! It will misdirect you to Fish Creek Rd. and if you go down those mountain roads you might not get back out. Now for the fun part!

My friend and I did a girls' trip and we were leery after reading some of the negative online reviews. However, we loved this place! We were greeted by a friendly park ranger who gave us great advice on the trail (you should wear sturdy shoes, especially if the trail is wet. There was a private bath stall at the end of the trail that was out of order and perfect for changing).

The trail is pretty wide in most places and well maintained (a few pieces of litter, but not any toilet paper or "hippie filth" as one online review claimed. We wondered if the toilet paper reference was actually due to a type of moss/lichens that turns white and looks kind of crumpled like up paper). There are several little water falls along the way and views from the bridges are beautiful. Make sure you bring a camera!

The bath houses are rustic, but cleaned by the rangers every morning. The outhouses are average, but still cleaned twice a day. We waited for a private stall, which will easily fit two people. The large tubs would be fun with a bigger group of people or a family. Everyone up there was very polite and we felt perfectly comfortable in the area.

6  Thank pandasgirl1009
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had a hard time finding the hot springs because GPS on iPhones are incorrect. But once we found it we were amazed. Only cost $5 a person. (Bring cash, exact change) 1.5 mile hike that is very pretty. We walked past the first 2 big bath houses and got the private bath in the back. Very private. Amazing experience! I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

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