Creek Hot Springs are CLOSED INDEFINITELY. A major landslide in 2010 has wiped
out the access roads in several locations. The Upper Lillooet Forest Service road
passed the Hurley is closed, and the campsite at 36km is also closed indefinitely.|
seeking to rejuvenate their soul should venture out to Meager Creek Hot Springs,
tucked away in the Coast Mountains near Pemberton, northwest of Vancouver.
The Japanese-style hot
springs, in a natural outdoor setting, offer three natural rock baths, a self-composting
toilet, and a change room. The springs are maintained by Recreation Sites and
Trails BC, with a nominal entrance fee. The day-use only Meager Creek is a favourite
spot for residents of southwest BC. Clothing is optional. Primitive no-service
camping is available nearby at the Upper Lillooet Campsite, and a serviced campsite
is planned for the future.
Meager Creek is one of the most unstable valleys in BC, and has been the site
of a number of dangerous landslides, normally during heavy rains or soon after
a serious deluge. Spring and fall may bring flooding and washouts, with a high
risk of snow avalanches in the winter. The gravel forest road to the site was
washed out during severe flooding in October 2003, but later reopened, providing
easy access by road from Vancouver and Whistler to within a few hundred metres
of the springs. The roads were washed out again in 2010, and the site is now closed
indefinitely. As the area is still very geologically active, it is prudent to
confirm the state of roads with the Forestry Service before visiting the area.
Visitors are required to
haul out whatever they haul in, particularly garbage, and should please note that
No Dogs are allowed at Meager Creek Hot Springs. The dog ban is entirely
a health matter, as the springs are not required to be chlorinated, and the Coastal
Health Authority has threatened closure of the springs if dogs are permitted on
Hot Springs are being managed as a pay site recreational area by an independent
contractor. There is a site operator at the gate to cross the bridge to the site.
A nominal $5 fee for day use
applies, for site cleaning and maintenance. The site is now restricted to day
Meager Creek Hot Springs are located west of Pemberton in the Coast Mountain Range,
3 hours north of Vancouver. From Highway 99 in Pemberton, drive through Pemberton
town centre. Turn onto the Pemberton Meadows Road and travel for 27km on this
paved road before turning right onto the Lillooet River Forest Service road -
watch for green directional signs. Stay on this gravel road for approx 24 miles
(39km) - watch for kilometre signs on the road. Turn left at the junction at 39km,
and drive over a bridge crossing the Lillooet River. Continue on for a further
8km, staying to the left at the fork. Park only in the parking lot, not near the
bridge, and do not park on the other side of the new bridge over Meager Creek.
Walk across the bridge. The trail to the hot springs is on the right, just after
the new bridge.