Terwilliger Hot Springs, also known quite well as Cougar Hot Springs, is a heavily used collection of pools to enjoy a relaxing soak in. Within a close drive from Eugene, the springs are a great way to unwind after a busy week. There are a handful of pools, each a short distance from the source in a small cave above the top pool. The pools get a little cooler as they get further away from the spring. Very enjoyable and large enough for several individuals.
Details: I plan to leave Best Buy promptly at 8:00AM to drive up and enjoy a long soak in the hot springs for the early part of the day. Afterwards we can explore the area a bit or head to a place to eat together. This trip should be relaxing and stress free for all. If you are in a hurry to get back to town, please note it in your RSVP and provide your own transportation.
Directions: Take the McKenzie Highway east of Eugene about 4 miles past the small town of Blue River. Turn right after a sign marker for Cougar Reservoir onto Aufderheide Road (Forest Road 19). Follow Forest Road 19 for 7.5 miles to a parking lot on the left. Cross the road and follow the path towards the pools.
Fees and Regulations: There is a small fee for parking as well as for each individual to use the hot springs. Expect about $5 per car, unless you have a Northwest Forest Pass, and $5 per person for the hot springs. The hot springs are quite nice and worth the fee. The Forest Service has really worked hard t keep the place well kept over the last several years.
Disclaimer: Hot springs in Oregon are typically enjoyed in the nude. Please respect the decision of others in their enjoyment of the hot springs as they feel comfortable. Swimsuits are welcome, and be sure to bring a towel and sandals for the hike in. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol will be tolerated. Authorities will be notified immediately if there is a problem.
No dogs allowed on this trip. Be sure to bring cash for the drivers for providing transportation to and from the hot springs. A reasonable $10 each for the trip for gas as well as wear and tear of the driver's vehicle is highly encouraged.