Oregon

Bigelow (Deer Creek) Hot Springs, Oregon

I felt that soaking in hot springs is much more popular in Oregon than in other states.

I saw many people around the less-known hot springs in the forest.

Warm Murky Water

There are several hot springs around the Cascade Range, due to the volcanic activities.

Bigelow Hot Springs is one of the natural hot springs that is complementary and accessible.

Trailhead

It is less than ten minutes’ drive from a hotel in Willamette National Forest, Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens.

The sign of the cross is located at the trailhead.

Trail

I parked the car, and walked to the left side of the two trails, descending to the riverbed.

It took only a few minutes to find the springs.

Riverside

It was right under the cliff, close to the water surface of the McKenzie River.

The springs are said to easily go underwater in spring due to melting of snow.

McKenzie River

The water temp is rather warm, around 104 degrees F; summer and autumn will be the good seasons.

There is only a sand-bottom pool rocky for three to four people.

Pool

The spring water is gushing straight from the ground in the cave.

The water temp is more tepid in the riverside due to the river water mixed.

Cave

Clothing is optional, and soaking after dark is prohibited.

People use it as if it were a private soaking pool of first-come-first-served.

Murky Water

The murky water does not smell particularly.

The opaque appearance is due to the muddy deposits in the water.

Inside Cave

Normally it is in quiet atmosphere except for the sound of flowing water.

However it attracts endless stream of visitors as well.

How do Oregonians like hot springs!

Summary

Bigelow (Deer Creek) Hot Springs, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, USA

Favorites:

Point

Easily go underwater!

  • Walk-in: Yes
  • Lodging: No (Wild Camping Available)

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Austin Hot Springs is in the northern part along the Cascade Range.

Over 120 degrees F water gushes in the riverbed, which makes small ponds green.

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Many Oregonians were enjoying the hot water, mixed with the river water.

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