Soak in Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs

Terwilliger Hot Springs, Lane County, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Forest
Hot Springs
Lake

Soak in beautiful, natural hot springs. Pools have multiple temperatures making this family friendly. Easily accessed. Distance: 1/4mile. Time: As long as you like! Fee: $6 per person - cash only.

Soaking in Terwilliger (otherwise known as "Cougar") hot springs is a great way to relax and wind back while exploring the Cascades. A spring flows from a small cave and cascades into multiple pools leading down a small gully, creating pools which have varying temperatures from hot (closer to the springs) to warm (the bottom pool).

Terwilliger hot springs are easily accessed - turn off highway 126 between Blue River and the junction with Highway 242 on Cougar Dam Rd. Turn right at the Y intersection onto Aufderheide Drive and follow for 5 miles to the parking lot.

From the parking lot, cross back across the road going across the lake and head toward the trailhead. From here there is an easy 1/4mile trail to the springs.

Nudity is allowed at Cougar - so don't expect any less! It can be an awesome way to experience the springs, so don't be modest! To cool off between soaks there is also a cool stream that is about 50m further on from the springs - look for the track headed off into the forest on the other side of the pools and follow it.

Terwilliger can get quite busy so expect at least a few people there while you soak - head in midweek to get the best experience!

Pack List

  • Swimmers (or not!)
  • Towel
  • Water
  • $6 cash per person
  • Good vibes!
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This is a fun day trip from Eugene. There is a $5 entrance fee which must be paid with cash. The scenery is gorgeous. Clothing is optional at the springs, so if you tend to be uncomfortable with that... I would steer clear of this spot. There are no facilities there, just a small covered area for towels and bags. I would not bring anything of value because there are no lockers.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Make sure you're comfortable with the presence of naked people, because they will SURE be comfortable with themselves

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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