Relaxing in a hot spring either tucked away in nature or in a more luxurious location is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We’ve gathered our favorite hot spring locations in Washington state, ranging from family-friendly spots with lots of pampering to pristine wilderness with hikes included. Here are our favorite places throughout the state to take a relaxing dip!
Olympic Hot Springs
The Olympic Hot Springs are an easy hike of about 5 mile round-trip alongside the Elwha River Valley. The dozen or so small pools are interspersed among trees with temps in the range of 100 to 112 degrees. These springs offer a more outdoorsy experience than the nearby Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Clothing is optional at these springs so just a heads up for family hot spring visitors. The trailhead is about 20 miles south of Port Angeles inside the Olympic National Park. The park entrance fee is $25 per vehicle, good for seven days. Camping is available nearby at the Boulder Creek Campground. Find more information at wta.org.
Sol Duc Hot Springs
For the hot spring lovers who want a bit more of a luxurious experience, then Sol Duc Hot Springs is the idea location. Sol Duc is in the northwest corner of Olympic National Park, about 3 1/2 hours from Seattle. The three mineral soaking pools range in temperature from 99 to 104 degrees alongside a 50-degree freshwater pool. Other amenities include massage, an on-site restaurant and lodging in the on-site lodge, cabins or campground. There are also plenty of other activities to keep one busy from hikes in and around the Sol Duc Valley to Sol Duc Falls and Lake Crescent. For more information, visit nationalparkreservations.com.
Goldmyer Hot Springs
Golymyer Hot Springs require a bit more effort to access but 75 mile drive (15 miles of which are on an non-maintained, unpaved Forest Service Road) from Seattle plus 5 mile hike are worth it when you spy the springs nestled in old-growth forest and nearby waterfalls. Temperatures range from 104 to 111 degrees at these springs nestled within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. There is also a primitive campground nearby for overnight stays. Goldmyer Hot Springs is run by the nonprofit Northwest Wilderness program and reservations are required along with a Northwest Forest Pass and a high-clearance vehicle. Like Olympic Hot Springs, clothing is optional at these hot springs and reservations are limited to 20 people per day. For more information and to make reservations, visit goldmyer.org or call 206.789.5631.
Carson Hot Springs
Carson Hot Springs Resort is full of old-world charm housed within a historic Victorian-era hot springs located along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. Isadore St. Martin built the resort back in 1901 after applying for an Indian Homestead claim. He hoped the mineral waters would help his wife who suffered from neuralgia. Today, the original hotel, cabins and bath house remain in use for the benefit of many. The original antique claw-foot tubs are still filled with mineral water, pumped directly from the Wind River at 104 degrees. Make time for the resorts other spa services like massages. For more information, visit www.carsonhotspringsresort.com
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat is located on Orcas Island at Olga and provides rustic luxury. The waterfront mineral soaking tubs and sauna are an relazing luxury and while not natural are still amazing. The electronically heated baths are only the tip of the iceberg to all the amenities provided by this resort. Visitors will enjoy yoga, guided kayaking excursions, hiking trails in Moran State Park and fresh, local food at the Doe Bay Cafe. Guests can stay in a variety campsites, yurts, and cabins. For more information, visit https://doebay.com/
Help keep public hot springs free and open to the public by obeying a few rules. Pack in and pack out your stuff. Leave alcohol at home along with glass bottles. And keep it clean both in behavior and by picking up after yourself.