Well, Bad News Fire at Cougar Hot Spring

Once again; Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs is closed. Only, this time it is not just closed, it is up in smoke.

The clothing shelters, the composting toilets, and the trail head shelter are all gone.

The Forest Service said that it will be this winter or more likely, in the spring before Cougar Hot Springs will be open again.

On what little of good news that can come from this, is that those three trees that where threatening to come down on top of the spring are now most likely gone.IMG_20180826_081559

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Cougar Hot Springs/FS19 update

GOOD NEWS!!!

Forest Service road 19 (FS19) at Cougar Reservoir is once again open. This is the place (and after math) of the rock slide.

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You can now drive the entire length of FS19. However, the culvert replacement job that has been in the works for the last year and a half is now under way. This means to expect delays of up to one hour.

Bad news!

The day use fee for Cougar Hot Springs has gone up to $7.00 per person per day.

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First dip of 2018

I got my first dip in warm/hot springs of the 2018 season today (Sunday, 13th of May).
It was at Bigelow (Deer Creek) Hot Springs along the McKenzie river in Oregon.
The McKenzie river has finely reseeded enough that it no longer floods/freezes out the springs.
I did notice that there is a lot of damage to the trail to the springs. This includes a wind blow down.Bigelow (Deer Creek) HS 2018 0506

It should be noted that the springs are clothing optional as all hot spring should be.

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I am back?

OK. I am back, I think.
I know I have been gone for a while. Ya, about five years? So where did all that time go?

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Nude Geocaching

The text and photos below is my original post in 2010 on another blog that I have closed. I am moving the old blog to this blog.

Nude Geocaching in Oregon

Yes there is a few places in Oregon where you can Geocache with/out any redundant costumes.

This Geocache ID is: GC1BNV4 “Thelma & Louise’s Wild Ride” and is not far from Cougar Reservoir & Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs. In fact you can see the Cougar Reservoir & Dam from this Geocache.

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Terwilliger (Cougar) Hotsprings 16th March 2010

Note: This hotspring is clothing optional.

The text and photos below is my original post in 2010 on another blog that I have closed. I am moving the old blog to this blog.

Here is an update on Terwilliger Hot Springs as of 16th March 2010.

Photo 1 is a general photo of the springs, taken from the “fourth” pool. I put the “fourth” in quotations as this pool is not maintained (kept clean).

Note the nicely done new stone work. Most of the old concrete has been removed.

Photo 2 is of the new clothing holding area. This replaces the ones that got

taken out by the downed trees.

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McCredie Hotsprings as of Aug. 2005

Here is an update on McCredie Hotsprings as of March 2013.

The BLM has come in and changed the parking at McCredie so that only a few cars can park there. This use to be a place where truckers could park for their required down-time. This is no longer the case.

The BLM has also removed a lot of the vegetation between the parking area and the hotsprings.

On the plus side: the parking area is now paved and the BLM has added vault toilets.

The text and photos below is my original post in 2010 on another blog that I have closed. I am moving the old blog to this blog.

Here is a look at McCredie Hotsprings.

These photos were taken in August of 2005.
McCredie Hotsprings is a split hotsprings. There is two springs: one on the north side of Willamette River, and the other on the south side.

The main parking area is on the north side just a very short distance from the springs. The springs are still far enough away from the road that the springs are still clothing optional.




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Alvord Hotsprings as of Sep. 2009

Note: These hotsprings are clothing optional.

The text and photos below is my original post in 2010 on another blog that I have closed. I am moving the old blog to this blog.

Sad news for Alvord Hot Springs. Carl, how was maintaining the springs has passed away. I have noticed that in his absence, the springs and area around them is beginning to deteriorate.

Here are some photos that I took in September 2009.




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Terwilliger (Cougar) HS – 6th Sep. 2009

Note: These hotsprings are clothing optional.

The text and photos below is my original post in 2010 on another blog that I have closed. I am moving the old blog to this blog.

Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot springs

When I visited the hot springs in September of 2009, I found a mess. There had been some major tree blow down damage. Here are some photos to give you an idea as to just how bad it was.

On a positive note, the springs where still soak-able. Oh that felt good!
Storm damage at the top.
Looking down on the storm damage.

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Geocaching – the high tech game of hide and seek

In short Geocaching is the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) to find containers called Geocaches of “treasures” or swag as it is sometimes called.

So how does it work? First, you have to have a GPS receiver and you have to get a free log-in user name (that you make up – get creative) and pass word on Geocaching.com. This is so that you can get coordinates and descriptions of any Geocaches that you would like to find.

Ok, now that you have the information on some Geocaches that you’re going to try to find, you let the GPS receiver lead you to it (well close to it). Once you are close to it, you use the descriptive information and your eyes to find it (good hunting).

All right, now that you have found it, open up the container and pull out the logbook. Once you have looked through the logs of who’s been there before you and when, you add your name (not your real name – your user name that everyone in the Geocaching world knows you by – in my case: NorthWoodsHiker), the date you found it, and any swag you exchanged. Note: the unwritten rule is that if you take any swag, you are to leave swag of equal or greater value than what you take.

Now that you have added yourself to the log and exchanged any swag that you are going to, put everything back into the container and seal up the container. Then be sure and re-hide the container in the exact same place as you found it in such a way as not to be obvious that someone was there.

So now you have done all your Geocaching for the day and are back home, it is time to log all of your finds and Did Not Finds (DNFs). You will need to log back-in to Geocaching.com web site pull up the page for each geocache using it’s unique ID (it will begin with the letters GC) and make a log entry for that geocache. This is how you get credit and get virtual rewards for finding Geocaches. Also, do not forget to log the trackable (they are part of the swag and will also have a unique ID) that you exchanged.

Happy Geocaching
NorthWoodsHiker

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