Meager Hot Springs(aka: Meager Creek Hot Springs) is located 93 kilometres northwest of Whistler, was beautifully developed into gorgeous pools, with a caretaker and usage charge.  At its height of popularity, Meager Hot Springs had 30,000 yearly visitors. Unfortunately, due to two recent massive landslides it seems unlikely to ever officially reopen.  Just a decade ago, in 2009, a nice, expensive access bridge was installed.

  • Amazing large pool & several small pools
  • Visible geological history surrounds Meager
  • Hard to get to, so few people go there
  • Lots of great places for a tent
  • Trail looks across to the 2010 slide path
  • The main pool is huge
  • You will likely have the place to yourself
  • Trail goes through a beautiful forest 
  • Once a busy, pay to use place, now serene! 
  • Accessible only by a long 9k hike

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A few months later it was dramatically obliterated from another slide in 2010. In 2014 the new VOC Harrison Hut Trail was mostly completed, allowing access to Meager Hot Springs once again. Currently this access road is in a bit of a construction zone, so don't be surprised if the road is blocked by a rock slide or road construction.  The old access bridge over the Upper Lillooet River which cost nearly a million dollars was wrecked in seconds in 2010.  There was considerable wrangling and negotiating to get it built in in 2009, but now it will almost certainly never be rebuilt.  The area is far too active.  Access to the springs is now via the new Harrison Trail via the south side of the the Upper Lillooet River, above and beyond the still visible, still awe inspiring, mudslide carnage. With the catastrophic mud and debris slide let loose from Devastator Peak in 2010, the nice new (in 2009) million dollar bridge to the Meager Creek Hot Springs was destroyed.  Though destroyed doesn't even begin to describe it. Looking on the now, dead end road, where the bridge once stood, the place still looks a mess. "Meager Creek FSR is closed indefinitely; no access to the hot springs." This is from the BCParks Upper Lillooet Provincial Park site, and evidently quite accurate.

Meager Hot Springs - Hike in Whistler

Meager Hot Springs - Hike in Whistler

Dead and still dying grey ghosts of trees still stand as they did in piles of forest wreckage.  Even the road in looks bizarre. The road was simply bulldozed back to life.  On either side, hemmed in by piles of dirt and dead trees.  The mudslide that did this seems beyond belief. This river valley in the midst of a beautiful, green forest, became, in an instant, a sea of brown mud, dirt, and dead trees.  The landscape across the river in the debris field is hypnotizing.  Every inch is mangled and wrecked looking.  Twisted trees, extraordinary looking rocks.. and nothing is where it looks like it should be. Both river and creek are fairly shallow, even during the spring runoff.  But then again the Upper Lillooet River has only had a couple years to erode back into a conventional river through the debris field.  If you are into adventure Meager is still an option, but the whole access route is fraught with peril from another all-to-possible mudslide or trouble at one of the river crossings. The Meager Creek area in general and Mt Meager in particular is an extraordinarily active area under the ground.  There have been massively destructive landslides and the inevitable debris flows that follow in 1931, 1947, 1975, 1986 as well as the brutally enormous one in 2010.  Four geologists were never found after being killed in the 1975 debris flow.

Meager Debris Field Aerial View

Meager Slide Debris in 2013

Meager Slide Debris Field in 2013

Meager Debris Field Aerial View

Keyhole Hot Springs - The Meager Slide Carnage

Old Meager Bridge Crossing

Meager Bridge Before and After

At its peak of popularity in 1994, Meager Creek Hot Springs had 30,000 visitors a year. With the unrestrained numbers, vandalism and violence broke out at the springs often so the BC Forest Service stepped in. They hired an on-site supervisor, limited vehicle access and charged a usage fee. Then the big slide of 2010 happened and now of course it only gets a few, very motivated visitors.

The Meager Hot Springs Trail

Meager Creek Hot Springs TrailIn 2014 a new route was built to Meager Creek Hot Springs by the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club. The new VOC Harrison Hut Trail regains access to the much prized Harrison Hut, but also opens up an excellent access trail to Meager. The trail is long and not too easy, however, and getting to the trailhead is quite an adventure. The logging road deteriorates quickly on the last couple kilometres and you find yourself dodging basketball sized boulders strewn across the road. The old access route to Meager ran along the far(north side) of the Lillooet Forest Service Rd. This new trailhead is located on the near(left or south) side of the Upper Lillooet River and you simply continue along the Pemberton Meadows Road (almost) until you can't go any further.  From the middle of Pemberton to the trailhead is 64 kilometres. The easy to miss trailhead is marked with a small trailhead sign for "VOC Harrison Hut Trail" No mention of Meager Creek Hot Springs on it.

Meager Hot Springs Trailhead Parking

Meager/Harrison Hut Trailhead Sign

Meager Hot Springs Trail Hike in Whistler 1

Meager Hot Springs Trail

Mount Meager

Meager Hot Springs Trail

Meager Hot Springs Trail Viewpoint

 

Meager Hot Springs Trail View

Meager Creek Hot Springs Old Sign

Meager Creek Hot Springs Old Sign

Meager Creek Hot Springs Old Sign

Meager Hot Springs Main Pool

Meager Hot Springs Main Pool

Meager Hot Springs Main Pool

Trailhead Directions to Meager Hot Springs

Parking & Trailhead DirectionsHead NW from Pemberton on Pemberton Meadows Road, zero your odometer.  The road is beautiful, straight and smooth for a few kilometres before the pavement ends and gravel road begins.  A 4x4 is only necessary for the last 4 kilometres to the trailhead.  At 60 kilometres the logging road gets very bad and you come to a Y junction, turn left here(the right fork ends 100 metres further at a logging company's locked gate.  Follow this steep and zig-zagging(4x4 only) logging road to the marked trailhead in about 4 kilometres(see the map below).  Hike the Harrison Hut trail for 6 kilometres until you come to an old logging road junction on your right.  Follow the logging road for 3.5 kilometres down to the hot springs.

Meager Hot Springs Map

Keyhole Hot Springs - Whistler Area Hot Springs

Keyhole Hot Springs (aka Pebble Creek Hot Springs) is located 100 kilometres from Whistler(Village Gate Blvd). Though most of the 100 kilometres is on logging roads, it is driveable by most cars without any trouble. The massive Innergex hydroelectric project has turned this once quiet wilderness into a war-zone. On the plus side, the old logging roads near Keyhole Hot Springs are now well maintained and smooth.  The hot springs at Keyhole flow out of the ground adjacent to the swirling, crashing and wonderfully glacier coloured water of the Lillooet River.  The colour varies with the season, but for the most part it is a wonderful, deep, milky turquoise.  When the sunlight penetrates the deep valley, the milky turquoise changes to an unnaturally bizarre, emerald green colour as it swirls all around you. Sitting in the springs you look across to the vertical rock face and the massive, truck sized chunks of it that lay in the river next to you.  Continued here...

Keyhole Hot Springs - Hike in Whistler

Keyhole Hot Springs(Lillooet River Trail) Map

Skookumchuck Hot Springs - Whistler Area Hot Springs

Skookumchuck Hot Springs, located two hours north of Whistler, and on the way to Sloquet Hot Springs. The name Skookumchuck means "strong water" in the language of the Chinook people of the Pacific Northwest. The name is associated with the hot springs because of the nearby First Nation community of Skatin, which was once called Skookumchuck.  The Skookumchuck Hot Springs were also once known as St. Agnes Well during the days of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, but that name has fallen into disuse. They are also known locally by the Skatin name as the T'sek Hot Springs.  The hot springs start in a pool which is far to hot to use so there are a network of tubes emanating from this pool to feed a ramshackle array of tubs. There are five tubs, which include one very large one under an A-frame which could hold 10 people and is beautifully comfortable. A smaller one under a half A-frame privacy screen which could hold 8 under the stars.  And three more open tubs. Clothing, you will quickly discover, is optional.  Continued here...

Skookumchuck Hot Springs - Hike in Whistler

Skookumchuck Hot Springs Map

Sloquet Hot Springs - Whistler Area Hot Springs

Sloquet Hot Springs is a wonderfully wild set of shallow, man-made pools fed by a small, all natural, and very hot, waterfall. The pools stretch from the waterfall to the large and crashing Sloquet River. The large, spread out campsite for the hot springs lies a short 5 minute walk from the springs. You have to follow a dark and quickly descending trail toward the crashing river.  As you near, you can smell the unusual, but kind of nice hot springs scent, and you see steam rising all around you, some steam rising, bizarrely, out of the grass clearing on the edge of the river. On your left a rising cliff, on your right the crashing river.  The path narrows and steepens, leading to a large fallen tree which the trail seems to run to. So huge though as to not worry you walking the length of. Then, there it is. The massive fallen tree flanks it. Nestled between the tree and a cliff, in a large triangular area, with the river forming the third side are the Sloquet Hot SpringsContinued here...

Sloquet Hot Springs - Hike in Whistler

Sloquet Hot Springs Map

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