Cougar AKA Terwilliger Hot Springs Near McKenzie Bridge in Oregon
Attention! Cougar Hot Springs reopened on Monday, July 1st, 2019 along with Aufderheide Drive AKA Forest Road 19 after a 10-month closure due to wildfire damage. Please treat this area with care.
Located deep beneath the canopy of a primeval forest, clothing-optional Terwilliger Hot Springs features a chain of stair-stepped pools fed by a small cave in a wooded ravine. Each of the 5 rock-walled pools is slightly cooler than the other starting from 112 and ending near 90 degrees.
Pictures of Cougar Hot Springs
Above Photos Courtesy Alison Catanese Tompkins
Cougar Hot Springs is open year-round and lies in wait at the end of a quarter-mile stroll through the Willamette National Forest. Northwest Forest Passes are no longer accepted here, the only way to soak is to pay a $6/day fee or purchase a season pass for $60/year.
Despite the presence of a manned kiosk, Cougar maintains it’s station as one of Oregon’s finest. The current commercial operator American Land & Leisure has helped reduce the number of vehicle break-ins and vandals that have plagued this hot springs for years.
Cougar Hot Springs is closed from sunset to sunrise and heavily patrolled day and night. Because of Terwilliger’s colorful history, brutal fines are doled out to all violators. FYI, Cougar is closed every Thursday from 8 am to 12 pm for cleaning.
Cougar Hot Springs Map and Directions
Travel east 4 miles on Highway 126 from Blue River and then take Forest Road 19 AKA Aufderheide Drive 5 miles to the signed Terwilliger Hot Springs parking area. Hike 1/4 mile west on Rider Creek Trail #3319 to Terwilliger Hot Springs.
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Terwilliger Hot Springs Videos
Cougar AKA Terwilliger Hot Springs Soak Stats:
Season: All (check roads during winter – frequent closures)
GPS: 44.083 122.233
Map Quad: MCKENZIE BRIDGE 15 or Willamette National Forest Map
Land: Willamette National Forest
Fee: Yes ($6/day or $60/year)
Restrictions: Nighttime closure
Water Clarity: Clear
Area Features: Cougar Reservior, Rider Creek Waterfall, near Belknap Hot Springs
Closest Food/Gas: Eugene/Bend
Bugs: Moderate-High (seasonally)
Camping: Nearby, no on-site
Clothing Optional: Yes
Pit Toilet: Yes
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