Finally I reached what was going to be my resting area for the next two hours. Once again I was witnessing one of the pieces of the puzzle that help us to understand how the planet has changed since its creation billions of years ago.
Man made pool
The water was warm, meaning that this spring may be classified as a "warm spring". The US NOAA Geophysical Data Center defines a "warm spring" as a spring with water between 20°C and 50°C (between 68°F and 122°F). Keep in mind in Canada the term "warm spring" is not considered utilitarian.
Very soon I reached the last bridge. After crossing the bridge it is a very small changing area that can barely accommodate two tents for two people each. Camping at the bridge is discouraged by the Forest Service and I personally would rather camp between the second and third bridge.
Fourth and last bridge Elev: 1624m N 44-54.313' W 113-55.759'
When crossing the bridge you can see one of the many sources of the hot springs, If you keep going uphill all you will see is a frozen creek (in winter of course). I am not familiar with the geology of this area, but I do believe the water is heated as it comes into contact with hot rocks. In volcanic areas such as Yellowstone National Park, the water is heated by coming into contact with magma (molten rock) and this is why is so hot
Hot spring source next to the fourth bridge
Despite its popularity, today I have Goldbug for myself, but from the looks of the trail I can see Golbug Hot Springs are well used during the winter months (snow packed to ice).
The pools tend to disappear during spring runoff in late April and May, and the creek temperature becomes significantly cooler, so it's usually not worth the trip at that time.
Pools below the bridge
These springs are unique, they are the only ones I have seen coming out from the top of a mountain and with such spectacular views. Can you imagine watching a sunset from the pools?
This is the view while you are soaking in the pools
There is a warning on the trailhead about acanthamoeba but I only saw two lonely worms. On the serious side, this amoeba can enter the brain through the nasal passages and can be cause of meningitis. Always exercise caution when visiting hot springs, please don't drink the water.
And here you are, below the first pools, there is a 3m high hot waterfall with more pools. I was there for 30 minutes enjoying a free message on my back and neck. This was one of the best massages I ever had in my entire life.
Hot waterfall massage
Goldbug had a big impact on me, and I hope I can make more trips in the future. I feel very lucky for having the opportunity of enjoying such magical and beautiful place. If you come, expect a mostly non-swimsuit wearing crowd. Watch for snakes during the warmer months -- specially rattlesnakes -- and if you it in, pack it out.
Pool next to the waterfall
1. Elev: 1337m N 44-53.768' W 113-57.800' Trailhead
2. Elev: 1354m N 44-53.886' W 113-57.415' Third Bridge
3. Elev: 1624m N 44-54.313' W 113-55.759' Fourth Bridge
One way trip length: 2.9 km (1.8 miles)
Time: Less than one hour
Elevation gain : 287 meters (941 ft)
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Driving distance from Vancouver: 1255 kilometers / 780 miles (13.5 hours)