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Barney Hot Springs

By coolsen - Posted on 20 March 2017

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  • Site # 18
  • GPS Coordinates: N44.2690 W113.4506
  • Elevation: 6440 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 55
  • Benchmark Coordinates: F11
  • Ride Difficulty: 2



Barney Hot Springs - Located along the Pahsimeroi Road (Little Lost River Road) in the Little Lost River Valley, Barney Hot Springs is a roadside warm pond in a remote desert valley between Ellis and Howe. Barney flows to the surface of a waist-deep pond within an enclosure of logs. The temperature may be marginally warmer deep in the pool, but it generally hovers around 83 degrees F. One old-timer says the logs were once a corral, back before the pond was filled by damming the springs. Another story has it that the logs are the remains of an old house that once sat over the pond. The group that spins this tale can all remember swimming underneath the house as kids back in the 1940s. In any case, the pond makes a refreshing stop on a hot summer day. On one side of the sagebrush valley are the Donkey Hills backed by the Lost River Range. On the other side is the Lemhi Range capped by 11,612-foot Bell Mountain. Barney supports a healthy population of mostly tiny tropical fish that someone planted years back. Summit Creek Recreation Site along Summit Creek is a short distance nearby with primitive camping available.

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Photo taken August 17 on my way back from a 4-day, 1,700-mile trip to get the northern challenge sites.  The poles that previously formed a square on the pond have now all floated to the east side of the springs.  I did not see any of the little fish so prevalant on prior visits to this site.

Posted by coolsen on 2017-08-19 07:42

 Barney or Bust with Special.  Almost a bust on top of Big Windy when we took a Special Road down to the mine.

Posted by AGHill on 2017-09-15 06:35

Special Ed @ Barney Hot Springs

Posted by Special Ed on 2017-09-26 19:09

 Stopped on the way to ride up the Big Windy pass with Ed and Arden

Posted by shutterman on 2017-09-30 14:16

oldnut @ #18 Barney Hot Springs

Posted by oldnut on 2017-10-28 21:04