• Breitenbush Hot Springs is a rustic retreat in the Willamette National Forest
• Features soaking in natural mineral water & well-being programs
Situated along the Breitenbush River, the Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center is a great location for soaking and relaxing in the hot mineral water while enjoying the natural beauty of the Willamette National Forest.
Operated a worker-owned cooperative, the rustic retreat and conference center has developed a reputation for being a great place to relax and soak while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Cascade Mountains.
The mineral water flows out of the source at a temperature of 180°F (82°C) and higher. The temperature of the soaking pools varies from 100°F (38°C) to 109°F (43°C).
On the upper level, there are three pools that offer great views of meadow in the foreground and Cascade Mountains in the background. Overlooking the river, the hottest "Silent Pool" is designed for quiet and relaxing soaking.
On the lower level, you will find four "Spiral Tubs" with temperatures ranging from warm to very hot and cedar tub with a cold water.
Due to the soaking pools are operated on a constant flow-through basis, no chemical treatments are required.
Besides, there is a steam sauna, which uses steam from the thermal water coming through slots in the floor.
Breitenbush offers well-being programs including yoga, EDGU (Spinal Health Exercise), meditation, and massage. Other features include the conference center, library, miles of trails, Stone Labyrinth, and gift shop.
Brief History of Breitenbush Hot Springs
Breitenbush was named after a hunter Lewis Breitenbucher who explored this place in the 1840s. In 1897, the hot springs became a popular destination for people who were looking for healing and rejuvenation.
Separated from the lower pool, in 1904 the upper pool was granted to Claude Mansfield by President Theodore Roosevelt. Twenty-three years later, Merle Bruckman purchased Breitenbush and built the lodge and health spa. The Bruckman family operated the property for twenty years and sold it in 1957. For the next twenty years, the resort changed a few owners but after two intense floods eventually was closed to the public in 1972.
A new era of revival began when the property was purchased by Alex Beamer in 1977 and then, in 1985, sold to a cooperative that supported Alex Beamer's vision, focused on self-sufficiency, personal growth, and preservation of natural areas.
The lower pools resort that included 35 cabins, a store, bathhouse, and footbridge across and it used to be a popular destination, but after floods in the 1970s, the lower hot springs were damaged and never restored.
Breitenbush Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 10 miles northeast of Detroit • Cascade Mountains • Oregon • USA
Open: Year-round, for day use from 9 am to 6 pm (reservation required)
Development: Retreat Center, soaking tubs, sauna
Services: Gift shop, dining room, library, massage, yoga, meditation
Accommodations: Lodge, guest cabins, camping
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use: Yes with fees (reservation required)
Elevation: 2,225 ft (678 m)
- Take exit 253 in Salem for OR-22
- Follow the OR-22 east for about 48 miles toward Detroit
- Turn left onto Highway 46 (Breitenbush Rd) and continue approximately 9 miles to NF-2231
- Turn right onto a single-lane bridge across the Breitenbush River
- Turn left and drive NF-890 to Mi Pst
- Turn left, the destination will be on the left.
Use Highway 224 from Estacada during the summer only, since it becomes hazardous and impassable from early fall to late spring.
GPS: N 44°46.690' W 121°58.398' | 44.781, -121.9756