Well I'm back! Had a great trip and took some pictures.
First up are a few Panoramas I took with a helper app for the iphone(click for fullsize)
One of my favorites:
Granite Hot Springs:
I have more pictures and videos that will be coming later, but for now here is a little info on granite hot springs.
Granite Hot Springs, built by the CCC in the '30s, costs $6 per person per day. It's fed by natural hot spring water, and there is a good sized pool that was dammed up by the CCC. There are changing rooms for men and women, and pit tolets on site. There is even a cell phone booster installed up in the office that works for VErizon phones.
There is a campground a little ways down from it that is a national forest pay campground with pinic tables, fire rings, tent pads and pit toilets. All in all it was a very nice campground. I was there so late in the season that it was free to use.
There is a falls on the main creek between the campground and the hot springs. Rumor has it that there is another hot springs pool down in the falls area that you can lay down in the hot water.......(for free).
The road up to the campground is all in national forest and there were quite a few undeveloped camp sites right off of the road that looked nice. If you wanted your own space and site you could camp a few miles away from the hot springs.
The hot springs is closed during various times in the winter.......but it sounds like there is nothing to stop you from hiking in or snowmobiling into the springs.