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Sloquet Hotspring
Type: Hotspring
Location:   49.73000,-122.32500     49:43:48, -122:19:30   10U 548646 5508830
(8 km SE of Ember Mountain).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Chehalis Group


Located on Sloquet Creek, about 10 km up the road.. Sloquet Hotspring consists of a series of small but excellent hotpools in a wilderness setting. Hot water pours out of a bank of Sloquet Creek and runs into two body-sized upper pools and then into a much larger lower pool. The water in the upper pools is almost too hot to bathe in. The hotspring can be accessed from the north via Mount Currie or from the south via logging roads on the west side of Harrison Lake.

Northern Approach: The northern approach: is the longer of the two routes but can be done with a 2-wheel drive vehicle. All of the following grid points are for UTM Zone 10U and map datum NAD 27.

1. From Vancouver follow Highway 99 (Sea to Sky Highway) past Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton to the village of Mount Currie.

2. At Mount Currie, take a right turn (E0520220 N5573640) onto the Duffey Lake Road toward Lillooet. The turn-off is easy to miss so if you see signs for Darcy or Seton Portage, you may have missed the turn-off.

3. After about 10 km you will have wound through a native reserve and travelled along the shore of the Lilloet River to reach a fork (E0529030 N5572250) with a major gravel road with a sign saying "Lilloet Lake Lodge, 12 km".

4. Turn right onto this gravel road that is known as the Skookumchuck forest service road. If you find yourself driving up a long hill with sharp switchbacks, you've missed the turn-off.

5. Follow the Skookumchuck road southward along the shore of Lillooet lake past the end of the lake, crossing over a number of creeks along the way such as Joffre, Twin One, Twin Two, and Lizzie. After about 30 km you'll reach a fork (N0533390 N5548740) that leads to a bridge over Tenas Narrows. Do not take this right fork but instead go straight ahead (left fork).

6. Continue south for another 45 km or so, passing Rogers Creek, Saint Agnes Well, the village of Skookumchuck with its distinctive church, Gowan Creek, Livingston Creek, Frank Creek, and Whiskey Lake to reach the Port Douglas fork (E0555070 N5518460). Take the right fork.

7. Bridge at Lelachen: After about 4 km you'll come to the point named Lelachen on the 1:50,000 map, and cross a bridge (E0556020 N5515190) (49:47:19-122:13:19) over the Lillooet River to its west side. A few hundred meters past the bridge you'll reach a weird four-way intersection. Take the left fork. (Continues along the Lillooet River.

8. Sloquet Creek Bridge: Continue south on Lillooet River road for about 4 km to a fork just before the Sloquet Creek bridge (E0555530 N5511830) (49:45:29-122:13:56). At this fork, leave the main logging road by turning right onto a spur road that heads west.

9. After just 50 m, you'll reach another fork. Take the left fork and follow this road for 10 km to a parking spot (E0548520 N5508850) (49:43:54-122:19:37). There is ample room here to park your vehicle and for overnight camping.

10. Past the camping spot, the road is blocked by big bouders. Walk past the boulders and hike down a steep hill for 400 m, past a dead pickup truck, to the end of the road.

11. Climb down to the river bed; the hotspring is on your left (E0548630 N5508560). 49:43:44-122:19:32=hotspring

The southern approach is the shorter route but requires a 4-wheel drive because rough sections of road need to be negotiated. From the Lougheed Highway between Mission and Agassiz near Harrison Mills, head north on the Morris Valley logging road. Stay right on the fist few major forks to reach the main Harrison West Forest Service Road which you follow past the north end of Harrison Lake to just past the Sloquet Creek bridge. From here follow the directions as for the northern approach. FtrAccess: To get to the hotspring, you use the Sloquet Creek FSR. This is normally reached thru Pemberton, but can also be reached by rougher roads up the west side of Harrison Lake. Here are the instructions once you get to the Sloquet Creek Bridge.

1. Turn off just NW of bridge (E0555530 N5511830) (49:45:29-122:13:56).

2. After just 50 m, you'll reach another fork. Take the left fork and follow this road for 10 km to a parking spot (E0548520 N5508850) (49:43:54-122:19:37). There is ample room here to park your vehicle and for overnight camping.

3. Past the camping spot, the road is blocked by big bouders. Walk past the boulders and hike down a steep hill for 400 m, past a dead pickup truck, to the end of the road.

4. Climb down to the river bed; the hotspring is on your left (E0548630 N5508560). 49:43:44-122:19:32=hotspring

Trip Reports within 1 km

Bulletins
2008.08.24 Dan Carey - No access due to active falling
The road is impassable due to active falling in first few km. Sign says seven days a week. So, no access to the hot springs at the moment.
2007.11.14 Mike Guite - Cloudworks IPP construction
Possibly crowded b/c of the very large construction camp associated with the new power project.
2007.11.11 Bram van Straaten - Don't expect solitude during rainy weekends
We visited the hotsprings during the (very rainy) remembrance day long weekend. There were at least 20 vehicles, and numerous people occupying the hot springs. Also note that the hot spring pools are located in/on the (muddy) river banks, and with lots of stirring (i.e. many people, heavy rain) the water gets quite muddy. Pools closest to the cascading hot spring are (almost too) hot, and progressively get colder towards the lower end (close to the river).

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4 Winter Coming at Sloquet Hotspring Drew Brayshaw