This is by far the most scenic hike I have ever taken! We did this as an out-and-back. The 8.5 mile trail to the hot springs is relatively packed, has its share of loose rocks, and short stretches of scree. Plan to uphill from the start, though the incline is gradual. We passed by ponds, viewed atleast a dozen beaver lodges, crossed the creek many times, walked through forest, aspen groves, meadows, all under clear blue skies. We stayed at the hot springs for about 1 1/2hours (we were alone for 45 minutes!). The hike back seemed long, mostly due to fatigue; it took us just under 4 hours each way. I would recommend a 4wd to get to the trailhead as the uphill dirt road had many pits when we drove it this 3rd weekend in October. Wildlife sightings: a buck, a white weasel, a moose. Rumour has it that 'Rocky Mountain High' was partially written at the Springs. Glorious!!!day.
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