There’s a challenging thing about chasing Hot Springs – they aren’t always the easiest thing to access. That was an essential thing for this girl to learn – patience. But the juice is typically worth the squeeze.
You won’t see any photos of Baker Hot Springs because we never actually made it there. Although we figured June would be a safe month to have, the snow thawed, it still wasn’t enough.
If you decide to go on your own Hot Springs adventure, there are things you need to know that you may not find on the internet, like the fact that you may need a physical map. Siri doesn’t always work in the mountains, my friends. City dwellers like me tend to forget these things. My boy scout husband, on the other hand, has no problem navigating paper trails.
It also took us two tries to get to Washington’s other majestic hot springs, Goldmyer, because the roads to get there were washed out.
If you plan a trip to the PNW to do any beaches, parks, or hot springs, I suggest you try to stick to July or August to ensure safe travel (and weather) at your destination of choice.
For more information on Baker Hot Springs check out our travel map HERE.
Goldmyer Hot Springs is a Skinny Dipper Approved nudist destination and a gem of the wilderness nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, roughly 25 miles east of North Bend, WA. Venturing on the 4.5-mile hike from the trailhead to the 20-acre wilderness preserve is a backcountry experience where guests must be self-supported and able to pack in (and out) all necessary supplies.
Amenities provided are minimal but do include an open-air cabana at the hot spring pools, campsites with food hanging lines and containers, two stocked outhouses, two public picnic tables, and a bike rack. No cell or internet connection available.
Visitors gain access to rugged terrain, hiking trails through old-growth forest, beautiful waterfalls, rich history of the Middle Fork Valley, and a crystal clear geothermal hot spring.
Goldmyer is owned and managed by Northwest Wilderness Programs, a nonprofit organization established in 1976 to protect this natural treasure for the use of generations to come.