Nestled in the high desert of the southeastern part of Oregon, Easterday Hot Springs is known as McDermitt Hot Springs. Also, this site is called Lucky Seven Hot Springs by local residents, after Lucky Seven Ranch, located nearby.
Easterday Hot Springs is not widely known and certainly least-visited. On the Google Map, the hot springs look like a creek, winding over 2 miles south through the sagebrush desert and ranches. These unique thermal waters consist of the numerous steamy sources emerging at 125°F from numerous spots near the Hot Spring Hills. One of the largest outflow (264 gallons per minute) rushes into a ditch, forms a brook that runs far until it disappears behind protruding vegetation. Many other springs flow west downhill.
The water cools quickly while flowing through the channel and becomes comfortable for soaking further out of the source. Explore the creek and find your place. Some spots are wide and shallow. There are previously built well-defined pools that can hold a few people. Also, some digging or constructing a dam may be helpful in building your own pool.
Though Easterday Hot Springs are not very popular now, it was used for centuries. The remains of the hot springs resort that burned down a long time ago are a vivid reminder of better time. The rusting ruins of the soaking tub and masonry are seen near the place where the hot springs come up.
You can camp here but no services are available at the hot springs. Please clean up after yourself and leave no trace when visiting the site.
The McDermit area is known for the picture jasper, petrified wood, obsidian, and agate. Both sides of McDermit Road has a lot of float materials. The famous Blue Mountain Mine operated by West Coast Mining that produces excellent picture jasper is located nearby. The mine does not offer pay-dig options but you can buy the materials in many rock shops including the Polka Dot Agate Mine.
Easterday (Lucky Seven) Hot Springs | General Description
Services: No services are available
Accommodations: Camping is allowed
Distance from the parking: Short
Road Access: High-clearance vehicles, the road can be inaccessible during wet weather
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 4,535 ft (1,382 m)
Easterday Hot Springs is located:
- 8 miles northwest of McDermitt, Nevada
- 146 miles southeast of Burns
- 427 miles southeast of Portland.
Water T° (source): 125°F (51°C)