Washington: Drop it Like its Hot Springs

There are many geological wonders throughout Washington State. With its unique topography and diverse landscape, an avid adventurer can find an activity that will fit any outdoor desire. For many, an amazing outdoor experience is as simple as recharging away from the city, in the immense beauty of a natural environment.

For those that are looking to relax and really soak up nature, enjoying one of Washington’s amazing natural hot springs is the perfect way to enjoy a weekend in the elements. Washington has a number of wondrous hot springs nestled within quiet and serene settings. A short trip from Downtown Seattle, camping and relaxing in a hot spring is the perfect way to enjoy the remaining weekends in summer and into the fall.

If you have been looking for the perfect weekend escape check out one of these epic natural hot springs near Seattle, and soak up some good vibes.

1. Goldmyer Hot Springs-

Distance From Seattle - 60 Miles

Don’t be fooled by the proximity to Seattle, the trip to Goldmyer Hot Springs, Washington is an overnight or multi-day trip as you will have to drive the 15 miles of unpaved forest service road and hike over 4 miles to access the camping site and serene springs at Goldmyer. The springs are situated in the stunning Alpine Lakes Wilderness and are serviced by Northwest Wilderness Programs. A reservation is required as there is a 20 person limit per-day, which means even if you happen to snag a weekend reservation you won’t be overwhelmed by large crowds. Make sure to reserve an X-1 as the service road is easier to navigate with higher wheel clearance.

2. Olympic Hot Springs-

Distance From Seattle - 101 Miles

Olympic National Parks is one of the most magnificent national parks in the country. With lush rainforest, staggering peaks, and expansive wilderness the Olympic Peninsula is a natural wonder. Located in a designated wilderness area within the park, the Olympic National Park hot springs are a 2.5-mile jaunt from the Boulder Creek Trailhead. There is a campground located at the trailhead which makes enjoying the hot springs and surrounding park for a weekend of camping and adventure.

3. Scenic Hot Springs-

Distance From Seattle - 66.5 Miles

After years of debauchery and apres ski revelry the Scenic Hot Springs located near the town of Skykomish not far from Stevens Pass Resort is a privately owned and regulated hot springs in the North Cascades. Its exact location is shrouded in secrecy as a maximum of 10 guests are allowed to visit the hot springs per day. Once you fill out the visitor request form you will be emailed a confirmation and directions, making this experience feel exclusive and adventures. The hike in is no joke and requires an intense elevation gain, but the payoff is phenomenal and will leave you pining for more. If you can handle that, this is one of the best hot springs in Washington. Stay in Skykomish and make this part of a wonderful weekend of adventure in the North Cascades.

4. Doe Bay Hot Springs-

Miles From Seattle - 119 Miles

The San Juan Islands are a favorite weekend getaway for Seattle residents as they offer a number of summer recreation and sightseeing activities. Located on the shoreline and overlooking Doe Bay is the Doe Bay Hot Springs and resort. This is the perfect option for anyone looking for a more pampered experience, as staying at the resort and enjoying both the hot springs and the lodge’s spa services is an excellent way to de-stress and re-energize. Enjoy expansive views of the sound and if lucky catch a glimpse of a breaching Orca as you enjoy some R&R.


Anna Anderson