Austin Hot Springs

Austin Hot Springs Clackamas River Oregon

Approximately 60 miles outside of Portland along Highway 224 lies Austin Hot Springs. This natural hot spring, heated by volcanic activity, sits in and along the Clackamas River, among the pristine trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Austin Hot Springs

There could be several rock pools along the river suitable for qualification depending on the season.

Signs Posted Summer 2019

Please be aware of Austin’s 200+ degree bursts of hot water and use extreme caution when soaking in this spring. There are suitable spots to soak, just be very careful to not scald yourself. A waterproof digital thermometer (buy on paid link) can help locate burst zones.

Austin Hot Springs Map and Directions

From Estacada, travel 30 miles southeast on HWY 224, which becomes the Clackamas River Road. Approximately 4 miles east of River Ford Campground the pools can be found nestled along the far side of the Clackamas River.

Austin Hot Springs Video

Tour of the natural and beautiful Austin Hot Springs, Oregon!

Austin Hot Springs, Oregon was GORGEOUS! We took off on a crisp morning and headed over the mountain to soak in some natural hot springs, it was so relaxing and we took full advantage!

Austin Hot Springs Soak Stats:

Season: Summer, Fall (avoid during spring runoff, access road often closed during winter – check road conditions)
Type: Roadside
GPS: 45.021 122.009
Map Quad: FISH CREEK MTN. 15 (or Mount Hood National Forest Map)
Elevation: 1,750
Land: Private
Fee: No
Restrictions: Officially closed
Usage: High
Visibility: High
Temp: 116-105 (use thermometer)
Water Clarity: Semi-Clear
Odor: n/a
pH: n/a
Area Features: Clackamas River
Closest Food/Gas: Estacada
Trash: High
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Wildlife: Moderate
Camping: Nearby, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Mix
Pit Toilet: No
Classic Photo: Oregon Historical Society 1920s

32 thoughts on “Austin Hot Springs”

  1. Has anyone been up there lately? Wondering if it’s too early in the year to go being as you have wait for the river to be low enough.

  2. Hi,
    It was so interesting to see your trip to the Austin Hot Springs.

    I remember an occasion for visiting there maybe 40 years ago.

    I did not remember the name of the hot springs but I have described it a number of times and would be delighted to visit again.


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