Rain or shine, soaking in a hot spring is a favorite pastime in McCall. Good thing we have loads of options! Whether you are looking for a developed pool for the family to swim in or are after an adventurous hike with a hot soak as a reward, we have it all. Here are our favorite ways to soak it all up…
Developed Hot Springs
Gold Fork Hot Springs
Donnelly | 6 Pools | Accessible by Car
Six crystal clear pools offer a perfect setting for a family soak. The top pool starts with 110 degree water which spills down into each subsequent pool, the temperature cooling with each tier. One pool offers a sandy bottom with shallow water perfect for the little ones. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the umbrella covered tables set along the surrounding decks. Changing rooms and restrooms are provided. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 11 and under (cash only).
Directions: From McCall, drive south on Highway 55 for 17 miles. Past Donnelly, turn left at the marked blue sign. Follow the road for 8 miles to the resort. Open year round (road is plowed in the winter).
Burgdorf Hot Springs
Warren | 3 Pools | Accessible by Car
Step back in time at this rustic resort surrounded by the Payette National Forest. Natural mineral water flows into large sandy-bottom pool about five feet deep. You can also enjoy two small “hot pools,” a shallow area for the kids and a bathtub for one overlooking a meadow. The pools are open from 10am to 8pm for day guests, but open all day to guests who stay in the cabins at the resort. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for those under 17 years of age. Open year round, but accessible only by snowmobile in the winter.
Directions: From McCall, drive north on Highway 55 and turn right on Warren Wagon Road. Continue along Warren Wagon Road for approximately 28 miles. Turn right on Burgdorf Road / NF-246 (a sign marks the turn). Burgdorf is about a mile up the road on the right.
Mundo Hot Springs
Cambridge | Pool and Spa | Accessible by Car
Set along the Weiser River three miles north of Cambridge, Mundo Hot Springs is a natural mineral hot springs that feeds into a beautifully hardscaped pool and spa. An entry ramp provides wheelchair access to the pool which is temperature controlled to keep soakers happy in any season. Pool admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors 60+, active military and veterans, and kids ages 6 to 13. Kids under 6 are free. Plan an extended stay in several onsite cabins, at the RV Park or in a tent site. Please visit mundohotsprings.com for hours and lodging rates.
Directions: From McCall, drive north on Highway 55. At New Meadows, travel south on Highway 95. One mile north of Cambridge, turn right on Bain Road at the sign. Mundo Hot Springs is located on Bain Road and signs direct you to the resort.
Primitive Hot Springs
Trail Creek Hot Springs
Warm Lake | 2 Small Pools | 60-foot trail from road
Two rock and sand soaking pools are situated at the bottom of Trail Creek just off the paved road. Hot water flows from a fissure in the rocks and down to the pools along the creek. Cold creek water helps to control the temperature of the pools. The first pool is approximately eight feet by twelve feet and the second is about six feet in circumference.
Directions: From McCall, drive south on Highway 55 to Warm Lake Road just north of Cascade. Turn left on Warm Lake Road and travel 19.2 miles. Look for a large parking area on the south side of the road. The hot springs are accessible by a 60 foot long trail near the west end of the parking area.
Bernard Hot Springs
Cascade | Several Small Pools | 2 mile hike from road
The effort to get to this gem of a hot springs is well worth the rugged two mile hike! Soak in the primitive rock pools fed by several springs that cascade down the rocks. Creek water helps regulate the steaming 134 degree natural mineral spring that collects in a twenty-foot long, knee-deep pool.
Directions: From McCall, drive south on Highway 55. Between Donnelly and Cascade, turn left between mileposts 118 and 119 onto Smalley Road. Follow the gravel road for 2.7 miles, staying right while passing a small lake. Fork right again in another mile and watch for the blue number “5” on the trees. Just after the blue number 5, cross the cattle guard and keep right. Follow the road for an additional half mile to the pull out. The hot springs are visible from the road on the left.
White Licks Hot Springs
Donnelly | Two bathhouses | Accessible by car
Two rustic wood huts shelter the cement tubs at White Licks Hot Springs. Each tub is served by two pipes that deliver water at temperatures of 110 degrees and 80 degrees. Control the temperature by plugging the pipes. After your soak, be sure to drain the tub for the next guest!
Directions: From McCall, drive south on Highway 55. Turn left on Roseberry Road in Donnelly toward Tamarack Resort. At Tamarack Falls bridge, turn right onto West Mountain Road. Bear left at the “Y” and follow FS 186. 10.5 miles from the “Y” you can see the bathhouses on the right.
Council Mountain (Laurel)
Council | Several Small Pools | 2 mile hike from road
Access these natural mineral pools by hiking two miles to the bottom of Warm Springs Creek. This series of hot pools is set in a wooded canyon and offers water of varying temperatures so you can find your optimal soaking location.
Directions: From McCall, drive north on Highway 55. In New Meadows, head south on Highway 95 to mile marker 130 (just south of Council). Turn left onto the gravel road and follow for 9 miles along the Middle Fork Weiser River to a small sign indicating trail number 203. Follow the trail for two miles uphill to the springs.