|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2013
From a panoramic hike above Sin City and Lake Mead to a slot canyon adventure in Utah, our scouts provide trail beta.
Willow Creek, Sawtooth NF, ID
Katelyn and Don Watson, Boise, ID
Follow a creek through towering ponderosas to a secluded hot spring on this 7.8-mile out-and-back. You’ll pass the springs—a chain of pools in a rock-strewn meadow—just before mile 1; take a dip on the way back. Climb steadily up the drainage, catching periodic glimpses of the Sawtooths and gaining 1,000 feet before the turnaround at Haypress Creek (3.9 miles). Return to the springs to soak in the +100°F, waist-deep water, keeping an eye out for elk that frequent the area. Trip ID 47110
“Watch for marmots in rock piles near the start.”