Silver is located at an elevation of 6,179 feet (1,883 m) above sea level It is located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Murphy (elev 2,820 feet (860 m)) via a. Report Poachers in : 1-800-632-5999 on Facebook! In 1972 the townsite and its environs were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district the Silver Historic District with a total area of 10,240 acres (41.4 km2). .03: The hike begins with a river crossing via pack bridge .03: Lush soaking environment .03: The waterfall fed pools are submerged this time of year .03: Scenic soak Spider MITES TRAVEL CONDITIONS This is the 2nd most frequented HS I have ever visited (see the Traffic Update about the afternoon before below) Scenic HS in Washington being the 1st Heavy usage and amounts of trash almost always walk hand in hand However JJ HS had a little less garbage than I had expected Any trash is too much especially when found floating in.
The weather was and humid during the day followed by powerful 20 minute thunder and lightning storms at night They were awesome! There were plenty of large flying (carpenter) ants and bug juice didn't have much effect After it finally cooled off at night it wasn't long before they disappeared Although I seemed to keep finding them inside my truck days after leaving. Silver was founded in 1864 soon after silver was discovered at nearby War Eagle Mountain (elev 8,065 ft (2,458 m)) The settlement grew quickly and was soon considered one of the major cities in Territory The first daily newspaper and telegraph office in Territory were established in Silver The town was also among the first places in present-day to receive electric and telephone service. I've never actually soaked at the second source pool before This time the temperature was just right The soak was indeed stellar Visiting early yielded to having the entire complex of springs to oneself for a handful of hours Not bad considering the waterfall pools at the first source were submerged All in all Jerry was a great soak I think the main reason why I has such a good time was that I didn't have to cart hardly any trash out (!) Remarkable considering the nature of this particular soak Rating A
I favor this region partially because of the associated diversity of travelers Sure there are locals mostly from across the border in Montana Missoula is close by with a hearty population of ready and able springers What I've found to be unique is meeting people from not only around the country but from other countries All have been in my experience friendly outdoor enthusiasts that possess a pure love the for the wilderness Most seem to be escaping life or just life in general taking refuge in one of nature's finest I've been offered to share a meal campfire and/or beer in this area more times than I can remember. 's southern forests in comparison (save for the southeast) are dry Aside from the mighty Ponderosa Pines the trees don't always blot out the sky Easy to bushwhack forget about it up north More snakes less berries About the same amount of wolves and black bears but less grizzlies There's none in the south and a handful supposedly up north Nothing to worry about though the majority of wilderness animals in have not been exposed to trash Another good reason to keep a clean camp and pack out everything There are 3 sources at Jerry Johnson The first I had never soaked in until this particular trip; the waterfall-fed pools Only one pool was prime for soaking and was well worth it I might add The 2nd source's primary pool was too cool clocking in at 98 and the 3rd source's only pool was a perfect 103 It was qualified and enjoyed immensely East of Jerry Johnson Springs lies a Forest Service operated outfitter camp typically stocked with a few horses In the trailhead parking lot was a Forest Service pickup but it was unclear if it was from the outfitter or a decoy left behind as a reminder of nighttime closure The previous evening this place was slammed at dusk with 8-10 vehicles and FS personnel Regardless a quiet soak was enjoyed early the next morning I even made up a Selway-Bitterroot rap which I unfortunately was singing out loud before encountering a grinning chuckle-suppressing young with a camera just a few feet ahead during the hike out I remember her in particular because of the vehicle she drove It was jam-packed with provisions caked in dirt and a long way from home scratched into the mud on the back window read "Free Bird" No wonder her smile was so big Rating A This area was the last place I backpacked with a lifelong friend and backpacking partner before he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident I can always feel his presence around here It was an amazing last trip complete with a visit from Stanley's Springs Moose I've got video it'll go up soon I promise :) I will forever miss our annual backpacking springs expeditions Jerry Johnson Springs was a sight for sore eyes if there ever was one Even the dirt feels different beneath your feet here The ground is soft and crunches slowly under the weight of each footfall The moist air helps keep the trail dust down and bare legs relatively clean The hike through the Clearwater National Forest is too short Early in the morning it is has a medieval like appeal at sunrise when fragments of light pierce the wooded veil like flashlight beams on a starless night No Soap Shampoo or BIO-Soap/Shampoo Allowed in Springs! Avoid Being Fined! Public springs are not bathing facilities and do not have 'plumbing' like that of commercial improved springs Soap and shampoo (including biodegradable soap and shampoo) do not completely breakdown naturally This pollutes our water systems (ingested by fish animals humans) at or near the source This is also illegal in most wilderness and public. [View .11 Jerry Johnson Video Clip] [View .09 Jerry Johnson Video Clip] [View .08 / .08 Jerry Johnson and Weir Creek Springs Video Clip] [ View .06 Jerry Johnson Springs. The placer and quartz vein mines became depleted around the time became a state in 1890 Due in part to its extremely remote location Silver began a slow decline but was never completely abandoned Small-scale mining continued off and on until World War II; the last mine to be operated all year round in Silver was the "Potossi," managed by Ned Williams The el in Silver was restored and re-opened for tourists in 1972 It relies on the use of propane refrigerators and stoves in order to supply cold drinks and snacks or a complete meal to guests during the summer months The rooms are fitted with indoor plumbing and furnished with antiques making it a tourist destination. .08 The Clearwater National Forest and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is a longtime favorite for natural primitive springs Located in north-central and primarily accessible off State Highway 12 this is the state's lushest region in regard to springs hiking and backpacking trips .06: Source. Guides Videos Other Areas: GPS There was a blend of locals from Missoula MT and travelers at JJ The new JJ official campground is now open and is the only campground along highway 12 without shade This time of the year shade is most definitely a requirement I had a great time enjoying the pools and some light banter with fellow soakers three years has been too long Rating A .03 We got up early determined to beat everyone out to Jerry Johnson Springs and it worked! We had all of those beautiful pools to ourselves from 6am to 9am (when we left and still no visitors) Sadly the waterfall pools were submerged due to spring runoff The scenic old growth forest Elk and other 2 sources with accompanying pools more than made up. .06 Three years later I returned to JJ in hopes of qualifying the waterfall pools well almost! I was able to withstand a few minutes with my back to the waterfall before heading on to qualify pools from the remaining two sources My friend and I broke camp at 4am and were at the springs no later than 5am Within 10 minutes of our arrival the crowds started to trickle in Even though JJ is only a 1 mile flat hike nudity is the norm here I was surprised that there was no signs warning would be soakers of oncoming nudity - as most roadside or near roadside.