Some of the best hot springs in Western Washington are only a couple of hours from Kitsap County. Locals and tourists alike enjoy soaking in Washington’s natural beauty. From deep in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley of the Cascade Mountains to the Elwha Valley of the Olympic Mountains, you can explore some of Western Washington’s beloved attractions.
Goldmyer Hot Springs
These are meant for the true wilderness enthusiast and adventurer. Goldmyer is only accessible by mountain bike or a 4.5-mile hike. And, lush forests and waterfalls treat visitors to a spectacular view along the way. The natural waters are the grand prize for those visitors willing to make the trek.
Reservations are strongly recommended because only 20 visitors are allowed per day. They are privately owned and operated by Northwest Wilderness Programs, a nonprofit organization. Learn more about how to make reservations.
Olympic Hot Springs
These pools were once home to the majestic Olympic Hot Springs Resort. However, they are no longer maintained or tested. The resort in the Elwha Valley in the Olympic Mountains is now closed. Thus, visitors are encouraged to use caution before entering the pools. They may contain harmful bacteria.
The Olympic Hot Springs is only accessible by foot. Road access is very limited in that area. Additionally, backpackers must obtain a wilderness use permit and follow all wilderness camping regulations. There is so much to explore in the Olympic National Park that many use these hot springs as a base camp. Just be sure to obtain an Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is perfect for all ages, and it’s a fun weekend getaway. Enjoy this tranquil retreat by staying in a rustic cabin surrounded by evergreens. Additionally, included in the stay is access to the resort’s three mineral pools and one freshwater pool.
Prefer to visit for the day? The resort also offers reservations for the pools on a first-come, first-served basis, in person. What’s more, the water is tested in the mineral pools periodically, and visitors are encouraged to check the pool’s schedule.
Ready for More?
If you’re ready for other outdoor activities to enjoy here in Washington, check out our article on great places to go fishing and crabbing. Or, visit these fun farms here in Kitsap County.