We’ve talked it over and have come to the conclusion that the worst of the vandalism has abated so, therefore, we are going to allow access to the hot springs on a permission-based reservation system . . . meaning, read the Conditions of Access in the sidebar and then ask for permission. Help cover the costs of controlling the vandalism, etc with a contribution via the PayPal icon.
Conditions as of last Sunday: The springs are still running hot and will remain so until we get significant snow melt. Right now they are hot. The biggest obstacle is the hike up. The upper sections of the trail (from Rock Alley to the switchback) are steep and heavily ice-coated. If you do not have crampons please do not risk injury by attempting this hike at this time. That’s how bad the ice is. As stated in the Conditions of Access you assume all risk with the full knowledge of the wilderness conditions up there. That is, assuming we have given you permission . . . trespassers simply get what they deserve.
Speaking of trespassers, the trail cam has given us some remarkable footage . . . much of which I simply cannot post on the blog. The trail cam will remain in place (but not at the pools) so consider yourselves on your best behavior (again, assuming you have permission to be up there).
Those caught trespassing will be asked to leave or turned back . . . or if deemed respectful enough, asked to make a donation on the spot to continue up or soaking. Those that ask in advance are asked $5 per person . . . those encountered on the trail without permission will be asked $10 or leave.
The essential rules:

  • Ask for permission and contribute
  • Be respectful. No lewd behavior, stay on the trail and pack out your trash (and then some)
  • No camping, no fires, no dogs and absolutely no firearms
  • Absolutely no night-time soaking at Scenic
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions
Read the Conditions of Access for more information.