Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs, OR
Cost: $6 per person
My local friend Sarah asked me if I wanted to go check out some local hot springs, naturally I said yes! The place is technically called Terwilliger Hot Springs, but also known as Cougar hot springs. Leaving from Bend, it wasn’t a long drive to get there. Parking can be a bit of a challenge as the lot is pretty small and the hot springs are pretty popular. Wintertime might be a good time to go to avoid the crowds. Like most hot springs in Oregon, clothing is optional. Dont be that odd person out that stares. The hike in can be muddy, like most trails in Oregon, so be prepared for that. There are places to put your stuff and strip down before going into the springs, as well as a couple open toilets. Think of the toilets as an absolute last resort lol.
Typical Oregon, stunning waterfalls everywhere! This is on the walk in.
I have some mostly waterproof hiking shoes, and they served the purpose well. Just make sure you have something that you can easily wash off. Mud will get everywhere.
Sarah soaking it up in the lower pool
In the hotsprings, there are multiple pools, I didnt get a picture of the whole thing out of respect to others. We stayed for a couple hours, and had some of the most delightful conversations with other travelers. I think this is my favorite spot in Central Oregon as far as hot springs go. While you are here, check out Sahalie falls and Cougar falls!
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