7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Visitor Conduct and a Canceled No Nude Day

Update:  The original post was on the 9th.  This is an update.  The total lack of requests or interest in a No Nudity Day at the hot springs means that a no naked person day at the hot springs is a non-gainer.  This experiment is cancelled and Scenic Hot Springs will REMAIN 100% CLOTHING-OPTIONAL AT ALL TIMES AND DAYS.  If you cannot deal with nudity then do not make reservations at the hot springs.  If you disrupt or make it uncomfortable for other visitors to enjoy the hot springs, then you will be banned from the springs in the future.

A great deal of effort went into the Conditions of Access as visitors are required to understand and agree to them before any access is granted to Scenic Hot Springs.  Most of the "conditions" are there because of requirements by the authorities for continued access; for example:  no night time soaking or the limiting of daily use.

Other conditions address the owner's rules for permission to be on his property.  As the owner, he has the right to protect and control his property . . . so the no fires or dogs on property.

Then there are the cultural aspects of usage which dictate behavior while on the property.  The owner and his representatives reserve the right to refuse usage or access to those individuals who disrupt or 'ruin' the experience of other visitors.  Examples would be the playing of loud music or the consumption of too much alcohol at the springs.

Personally, I now understand the feelings of non-smokers being forced to  be in the vicinity of a smoker.  Please do not smoke (or light up a pipe of good stuff) before asking everyone present if it would be okay.  As a cancer patient I am extremely sensitive to tobacco smoke.  To me, it is an assault.  Think of others or risk being banned.

Nudity is traditional at most natural hot springs (and certainly at Scenic Hot Springs.)  If you have a problem with nudity please do not go requesting access to Scenic Hot Springs.  If you make it uncomfortable for other visitors who choose to soak the traditional way, sans clothing, then we will use all the information you provided to make your own reservation to ban your future access to Scenic Hot Springs.

Now, for those of you who are 'clothes-minded' . . . and can't bear to see another individual naked, for a limited experiment we will RESERVE THURSDAYS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO DON'T WANT TO SEE NAKED SOAKERS.  The calendar will be marked as "No Nudity Day"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Limited Access to the Hot Springs

Seems this unseasonably warm weather refuses to step back and let winter and snow into the picture.  Large amounts of cold ground water continues to mix with the sources to the Lobster Pot Springs . . . resulting in one of the pools going cold.

Fortunately, the other spring is resistant to groundwater-mixing, and remains at a nice and toasty soaking temperature.  The upshot is that only one pool is usable and we have to limit usage for everybody's best enjoyment.

Related . . . warm days and freezing nights are a recipe for treacherous hiking conditions.  Most of the hike up to Scenic is steep and now we have very slick ice conditions that are far more slippery than snow.  Some form of extra traction is necessary . . . Trax, crampons, even snowshoes for the cleats on the ice.

Snow is so much easier to travel over.  Does anyone know a snow-dance?   :-)

Friday, January 02, 2015

Scenic in the Snow

One of our visitors (Jeremy) provided a great picture of the hot springs yesterday . . . and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Want to know what Scenic conditions are?  Enjoy this pic for an idea.

Scenic on the afternoon of New Years Eve.  Photo credit to Jeremy
The pool on the left is the Bear Den pool, fed from a source beneath a large boulder behind the visitor (Ryan).  The Bear Den sources are very stable year-round and this pool is holding a nice a toasty 102-104F.

The pool on the right is the Lobster Pot pool and is fed from sources to the far right of the picture.  These sources run shallow and are very susceptible to rain-water and snow-melt mixing.  This pool normally runs two to four degrees higher that  Bear Den.  As of a few days ago, Lobster Pot was reported to be slowly recovering but not yet there.  Given a week or so of cold weather, Lobster Pot will hold it own.