Want to visit some of the coolest, not literally, hot springs in Oregon? Umpqua Hot Springs is where you need to go.
Be warned, there is a nudity scene here, but if don’t mind a few swinging pipes and a bush or two, then you’ll be golden.
Actually, my first experience of hot springs outside of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, and these were absolutely amazing to visit.
Varying pools depend on how warm you can handle it, and perched right above an amazing river below.
With a small hike to get to the hot springs, it’s accessible for all to reach!
How to get to Umpqua Hot Springs
Located near Clearwater in Oregon, southeast of Eugene, this isn’t really a singing-dancing part of Oregon.
That said, Toketee Falls are here, and they’re some of the most popular waterfalls in the whole of OR, so it’s worth ticking them both off whilst you’re visiting.
The road when you come off of the main road by Clearwater isn’t all that good and requires some slow and careful driving to look after your vehicle.
There is parking at the trailhead, and access to toilets too.
My Experience with Umpqua Hot Springs
My first experience with hot springs outside of Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, and I couldn’t have picked a better spot to soak up some sunshine.
The hike through to the hot springs isn’t too far, nor difficult, so it’s easy for most people to achieve. There’s a bridge crossing, a small, but steep section, and then a trail that leads right to the springs themselves.
With multiple tiered hot springs on the side of the cliff, there’s a pool for everyone. I think there are 6-7 pools in total all ranging in temperature.
If you’re like me and don’t like it too warm, avoid the top few as they’re literally hot enough to replace the sun. As the water trickles down, the pools get colder, and potentially less hygienic, but don’t drink it and you’ll be fine.
If you’re heading up on a weekend, expect this place to be busy, but if like us you go on a weekday then you might just have this place to yourself.
Apart from the swinging pipes close to my face, this was a super fun experience and one I’d definitely do again if I was in OR!