Shower Bath Hot Spring

General Description: Natural hot water showers pour from the cliffsides into several pools
General Location: Northwest of Challis in the Salmon-Challis National Forest
Pool Type: Sand and Gravel
Pool Temps: Extremely Hot (106° - 110° F), Very Hot (104° - 106° F)
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Accessibility: Summer to Fall, due to spring run off and cold winters
Restrictions: .None
Elevation: 5800 feet.
Distance from road: 5.80 miles.
Map Reference: Frank Church Wilderness Map (south half), or Sheldon Peak ID USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle

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The Hot Spring:

  Shower Bath Hot Springs are located in a small canyon formed by warm springs creek.  To reach the springs you walk through a narrows with 200 foot high cliffs on either side and swift flowing water.  After a couple hundred yards canyon opens up on the west side and hundreds of gallons of hot water showers out of the cliff.  There are over 10 seeps, some with holes about a foot wide and water gushing out forming a natural shower.  Shower bath feels like a magic fairy land after walking in the cold creek through a narrows turning a corner to see sunlight creating rainbows through the water showering out of the rugged orange algae stained cliff.

  Several pools have been created with rocks from the cliff and sand and gravel from the river.  The main pool is in the center of the open area up against the cliff.  The water temperature is about 106 degrees f in the pool and hot water mists you while you soak.  Most of the other sources are very hot with temperatures around 120 degrees f.  These sources all flow together and seasonal sand and gravel pools are dug next to the river where the hot water and cold water can mix to the desired temperature.  The best camping is on the other side of the narrows near Sitz Hot Spring but one campsite with enough room for two tents is located directly next to Shower Bath.

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