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*UPDATING IN PROGRESS by Eliza April 13 2015*
 
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These hotsprings are relatively close to the Meager Creek hot springs, although on the other side of the river. In the last few years the area has become considerably more discovered, and it's rare to find yourself alone these days. There are a number of beautiful small pools although access varies depending on river level.
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These hotsprings are relatively close to the Meager Creek hot springs, although on the N side of the Lillooet River. In the last few years the area has become considerably more discovered, and it's rare to find yourself alone these days. There are a number of beautiful small pools although access varies depending on river level.
  
 
Since the big hydroelectric project in the area started, the old trail has been closed and a new trail built. The new trail is longer but actually quite beautiful.
 
Since the big hydroelectric project in the area started, the old trail has been closed and a new trail built. The new trail is longer but actually quite beautiful.

Revision as of 19:49, 11 January 2016

This page summarizes the major hot springs in southwestern BC

Meager Creek hot springs

WARNING: The landslide in 2010 has cut access to the Meager Creek Hotsprings. The bridges across the Lillooet River and across Capricorn Creek were destroyed and will not be replaced. Some reports indicate that Meager can be reached on foot (crossing the river), but this is not recommended. This does not affect Keyhole Hot Springs.

By 2015 VOC has a (12 km) trail providing access to our Harrison Hut from the S side of the Lillooet River. Half way to the Hut there is an old logging road that drops 500m down to the hot springs. If you follow this road, watch carefully for forks to the left and right, which you might follow by mistake on the way back up. The Authorities require that you not camp at the hot springs because of the danger of further geological instability.

  • Location: 50°34.4' 123°28.0'
--- old route ---
  • All road junctions starting from Pemberton are well signed.
  • Head NW from Pemberton on Pemberton Meadows road for 25km and turn right onto Upper Lillooet FSR. Keep left at 9km (right goes to Gold Bridge via Hurley Pass)
  • Follow Upper Lillooet FSR to 38km and turn left onto the Meager Creek Branch. The Meager Creek Valley is extremely unstable and sometimes this road may be closed for public safety reasons.



See the Recreation Sites and Trails BC website and Bivouac for more information.

Keyhole Falls/Pebble Creek hot springs

  • UPDATING IN PROGRESS by Eliza April 13 2015*

These hotsprings are relatively close to the Meager Creek hot springs, although on the N side of the Lillooet River. In the last few years the area has become considerably more discovered, and it's rare to find yourself alone these days. There are a number of beautiful small pools although access varies depending on river level.

Since the big hydroelectric project in the area started, the old trail has been closed and a new trail built. The new trail is longer but actually quite beautiful.

Directions

It is probably possible to drive this road very slowly in a 2WD car with decent clearance and an undercarriage that you don't care about. If there's no snow at all. When I drove it last it was in a truck and I was happy that I wasn't driving my Corolla. I don't think there was anything it would actually have been impossible to get the Corolla up, it was just a long way with a lot of huge potholes and slightly loose sections. Generally low grades.

UBC to trailhead (km 43 Lillooet FSR)

Bivouac page for the Lillooet River FSR (no recent updates)

Note: Fill up gas in Pemberton, it's a 90km round trip afterwards

  • Drive to Pemberton
  • At the stop light turn left (into Pemberton)
  • At the traffic circle turn left
  • Turn right onto Pemberton Meadows Rd (did you get gas?)
  • At the Pemberton Farm Rd Stop sign, turn left (stay on Pemberton Meadows Rd)
  • After 22 km, turn right. There is a sign here: "Lillooet River Forest Service Road"
    • I think the sign actually says something a bit different, maybe Hurley FSR?
  • Drive across the farmers field and cross the bridge onto the start of the gravel road
  • At km 9 fork Left (stay on Lillooet FSR, the right fork is the Hurley FSR)
  • At km 37 continue straight past what used to be the Meager Creek turn-off

Hiking Directions

  • The hike starts in a beautiful grove of cedar. There's a map here that makes it look like a really long trail, until you realize the scale is so huge that the map is totally useless.
  • The first part of the trail has some serious rockfall hazard as it traverses below crumbling low basalt cliffs. Don't stop to eat lunch here.
  • You soon come to the first waterfalls. You can traverse high right along the bottom of the cliff and go below the waterfall (fun but wet and more rockfall hazard), or you can stay right in the alder at the bottom (may be flooded enough for wet feet if the river is high).
  • A little after the second waterfall, you walk through some alder and over little bridges. Right as the trail gets out of the alder, it makes a little turn backward to head up a set of well-developed stairs. This is pretty much the only place you could go wrong on this trail. If you're climbing the cliff, go back and find the stairs.
  • From here the trail is straightforward to the camp site. Stop just after the big bridge to admire the valley, this is just before the site.
  • There are two fairly clear areas that are good for camping as you come up to the springs. The second one has a bear hang food cache platform. Neither has an outhouse so bring your trowel.
  • Continue down towards the river past the camp sites to access the hot springs, the trail after here is unmaintained and scrappy.


More info:

Skookumchuck/St. Agnes Well hot springs

From Pemberton, follow highway 99 towards Mt.Currie, after passing Lillooet Lake, turn right on the In-Shuck-In/Lillooet Main FSR. Follow untill you reach the hot springs (just before Skookumchuck). See the 'backroads mapbook' for more details.

More info: [1]

Sloquet hot springs

Location: 49°43.8' 122°19.5'
From Pemberton, follow highway 99 towards Mt.Currie, after passing Lillooet lake, turn right on the Skookumchuuk/Lillooet Main FSR. Cross Little Lillooet Lake at the Tenas Lake Bridge, and continue along the West Lillooet FSR. Before reaching Tipella and Harrison Lake, turn right onto the Sloquet Creek FSR to get to the hot springs. See bivouac for location.

Pitt River hot springs

GPS GeoCoords (Trailhead): 49.697, -122.71

Hard to access: a 30km paddle along Pitt Lake and a 22km bike ride along logging roads (Pitt River FSR).

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Reputed to be the best hot springs in British Columbia and remaining pristine because of the difficulty and length of the hike . . . plus the need to access the north end of Pitt Lake by boat before you begin the long hike.

The trail from the north end of Pitt Lake to the Hot Springs is a flat forest logging road. Once you pass the 13.5 mile (22 km) mark on the road there will be a bridge over the Pitt River and directly after the bridge on the north side is the overgrown trailhead towards the Hot Springs. Once you get past the overgrown entrance the trail is clear and overlooks a cliff to the Pitt River Cayon (this trail is approx 5 mins long). At this point you will find two ropes that you can use to get down the steep rocks to the hot springs.

There are two small pools with two small water falls that come out of the cliff. No sulphur smell and the algae is minimal. Right beside the pools is the rapid glacially-cold (emerald blue) river.

To access the north end of the lake you can arrange for transport with the operators of the Pitt River Lodge or Pitt River Water Taxi [Ask for Earl or Bobbie / Phone: 604.629.9884 / Cell: 604.649.2565 / Cell: 778.785.1491 / Four people for $400 (CAD) return and up to seven people for $500 return. There are no formal campsites in the area, but Earl offers overnights in a cabin on his property for $100 (CAD), not far from the Pitt River Lodge].

See the 'backroads mapbook' also has additional details.

Clear Creek hot springs

Located on the Eastern side of Harrison Lake. Follow the Harrison East FSR, then Clear Creek FSR (gated at start, 13km bike ride). See the 'backroads mapbook' for more details.

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