A massive rock slide on Forest Hwy 19 prevents entry to Terwilliger Hot Springs from McKenzie Hwy. It is expected that the rockslide will be inaccessible from the north for six months. Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Judith McHugh reported that starting early in July road construction will cut off access to the hot springs from Highway 58 to the springs. She is predicting that neither route will be open until August 1. From July 9 until Aug.2, motorists will encounter complete closures Mondays through Thursdays and hourlong delays on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
June 12-15 A friend and I chose to visit Terwilliger Hot Springs taking the longer route through Hwy 58. We spontaneously decided to go not knowing about the future road construction plans. I have been visiting the springs for over 40 years and this was the first time we had the springs exclusively to ourselves. A great opportunity to take photos and soak in the quietness of the old growth forest.
Dispersed camping is no longer allowed from the springs to Agusta Creek Road. Once past the no camping allowed sign you will find several wonderful camping areas to enjoy nude camping. There are USFS camping grounds within a short drive. (Once the road construction starts campgrounds will be closed.)
We found a dispersed site and spent four days nude RV camping and hiking. The weather was not so friendly that we did not enjoy the comfort of clothing at times.