Opal Pool—Willamette National Forest, Oregon: A leap into the refreshingly brisk waters of Opal Pool should come with an automatic membership into the Polar Bear Club -- even during the dog days of summer, the waters hover near a bracing 42 degrees. Luckily, you will have worked up quite a sweat by the time you reach the pool, after a 3.5-mile hike through the old-growth Douglas firs of the Willamette National Forest’s Opal Creek Wilderness Area.
Accessible all year round, Umpqua Hot Springs – which is also sometimes known as Toketee Hot Springs – features three gorgeous hot pools located in breathtaking scenery above the North Umpqua River. The view of Surprise Falls from the relaxing pools is simply unforgettable and the springs are found by taking the Umpqua Hot Springs Trail, which is a very short hike. Take note that clothing is optional at Umpqua Hot Springs,
Tamolitch Pool, Oregon--Tamolitch (Blue) Pool Trail Via McKenzie River Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.