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The two RV Gypsies drove their RV from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to Missoula KOA in Montana, then drove their toad over the state line back into a different part of Idaho to go to the hot springs aka Jerry Johnson Day Use Area aka Warm Springs. August 15, 2015.

sign: Welcome to Montana the RV of the two RV Gypsies

A short drive from Montana to Idaho

Welcome to Idaho
location of warm springs

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs,
3450 Tina Avenue
Elk City, Idaho

There are a series of primitive hot springs pools scattered along the banks of a rushing creek in a valley of statuesque cedar trees. Jerry Johnson is not technically a “Montana” hot spring, but many Montanans claim it as their own because Missoula is the closest sizable city to this Idaho soak. Jerry Johnson consists of three separate groups of hot springs, each with a different personality. Named for a prospector who built a cabin near the springs in 1893, Jerry Johnson Hot Springs offers a variety of soothing soaking options in a pastoral forest setting. Both the trail and hot springs are quite primitive.

sign: Jerry Johnson Day Use Area sign: fire information

The signs says "Warm Springs" because Jerry Johnson Hot Springs is off of Warm Springs Creek.

National Forest Trailhead to Warm Springs sign: Clearwater National Forest Trailhed

The trail crossed a suspension bridge over the Lochsa and followed Warm Springs Creek to the pools.

the suspension bridge view from the suspension bridge

After crossing the suspension bridge, the two RV Gypsies looked back at the bridge and then started on the long, rugged, steep trail to the hot springs.

another view of the suspension bridge Lee Duquette on the beginning fo the trail

Karen took photos of the river along the way to the hot springs.

view of the river from the trail

Looking down, the two RV Gypsies saw people relaxing in the hot springs. But the trail was super steep and someone told the two RV Gypsies to go around the corner and under the tree branch for easier access. So they did.

looking down the cliff at the hot springs

OK, so Lee is ready to go under the tree branch. Then it was still a steep difficult drop down to the hot springs.

Lee Duquette ducking under a tree limb Lee Duquette ducking under a tree limb

The two RV Gypsies managed to make it down to the hot springs. Several people were relaxing naked, and Karen was careful NOT to get any of them in her photos. Clothing-optional pools are restricted to day-use only.

the two RV Gypsies at Warm Springs warm springs river
Lee Duquette at Warm Springs natural hot springs
Panorama of the hot springs and river
Karen Duquette enjoying the hot springs hot water pouring down the cliff side
hot water pouring down the cliff side hot water pouring down the cliff side
Karen Duquette enjoying the hot springs1

The hot water sprinkled down the cliffs like a gentle waterfall as Karen enjoyed the experience.

The hot water sprinkles down the cliffs like a gentle waterfall as Karen enjoys the experience. The hot water sprinkles down the cliffs like a gentle waterfall as Karen enjoys the experience.
hot springs cascading down the cliffs the hot springs
water cascading down the cliff side water cascading down the cliff side
Panorama of the hot springs and rive
look below

please continue on to travel adventures of the two RV Gypsies The two RV Gypsies travelled through Big Sandy, Montana on their way to Glasgow, Montana where they explored Fort Peck Dam & Lake.