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Hot Springs - Terwilliger Hot Springs

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.

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  • Merlin P.

    Wonderful soak with lovely folks!

    October 1, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I had a very enjoyable time at the hot springs. Great company and fun conversations. It felt wonderful to be able to relax in the outdoors after a busy week. Thanks for the suggestion of heading over to explore Proxy Falls, Brian. Well worth the trip. Thanks to everyone that came and I hope to do more trips like this in the near future.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have no clue how to get there on my own been too many years lol

    September 30, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Thomas, I try to always have the directions to any event listed in the write up for each and every event. Hope that you can make it to an upcoming event.

      September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time soaking in the hot springs and great company. Would love to go back :o)

    September 30, 2012

  • BW

    a perfect day!

    September 30, 2012

  • Isaac

    It was great to see/meet everyone. I had a great time at the hot springs and then hiking Proxy Falls.

    September 30, 2012

  • Tim W.

    Great experience for my first time meet up and first time in a situation like that. Very enjoyable and would love to do it again!

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I would have paid more attention now its too late :-(

    September 30, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I'm looking forward to some relaxation in the hot springs on Sunday. It's been a long week.

    September 27, 2012

  • charles e.

    Hey Bw,
    Thank you for the kind offer! How about if we meet at 15th and Olive 7 :15 sharp Sunday morning. I will be standing on the Sw corner. You can call me at[masked] if you have any questions.
    Thanks again,
    Charles Eyers

    September 27, 2012

  • BW

    Charles - I can pick you up at 7:15 am sharp on Sunday. On my way to Best Buy.But I will not be driving.We will - BOTH- have to car pool.With some one else.

    1 · September 26, 2012

  • charles e.

    Hey All,
    I would love to attend, but am a lifelong cyclist who does not own a car.Any chance I could catch a ride to the meeting place?I live in downtown Eugene ,right off 15th and Willamette.The bus doesnt run that early on Sunday, or I wouldsimply go that route.
    Thank You!
    Charles Eyers

    September 10, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      If no one is coming from that part of town, I could swing by to get you. I'm coming from the northwest side of town. If anyone lives near downtown and can help you out let me know. Otherwise I can.

      September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Matt, what would be approximate return time for the group.

    September 9, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      I would like to spend a few hours up there at the hot springs, so hopefully back to town by 3:00 or so.

      September 9, 2012

  • BW

    ...Always Remember-Take a trash can bag (1. to put all your cloths,ect in,if it rains= gets muddy,you can always sit and stand on it in the mud ,when dressing.(2.The you can help clean up our small Spaceship EARTH and haul out the trash that the losers in Natural Selection game of Life, always want to leave as their calling card.

    September 7, 2012

  • Ananda

    I just wanted to make sure I was right about the parking -- the $6/person covers parking: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recreation/recarea?recid=4391

    1 · September 6, 2012

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks, Ananda. I haven't been up there in a while, so I was going off of a guide book and website about the local hot springs. Appreciate the information.

      September 6, 2012

    • Ananda

      Ya - this was the first time for me in probably close to 15 yrs - it really was a treat!

      September 6, 2012

  • Ananda

    Hi Matt,
    I was just there the other weekend - I don't think there's any fee for parking -- just $6/person to go up the trail. There were attendants collecting when I was there. There is a tie up area for dogs but it's not within sight of the hot springs, so it probably is a great idea to just leave them home. Their biggest concern is glass containers - don't bring them. Definitely a mix of people w/with and without suits on - so you won't feel too awkward which ever way makes you feel more comfortable :D

    1 · September 6, 2012

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