In order for our through-trip to work, we bribed a friend (who was visiting the nearby hotsprings) to shuttle our car from Upper Lilloet FSR (N side of the River) to South Lillooet FSR (S side of the river). In return he was left a 6-pack of frozen beer. This allowed us to avoid a second river crossing, and reduce the slog required to get back to our car at the end of the trip.
Day 1: Approach
Around 3:00am leave Vancouver, inbound for Pemberton. Drive Upper Lillooet FSR to around km36, park where possible, ensuring you are not in the way of the plough or at risk of getting buried. Skin west across Lillooet River Valley floodplain, search for a wide/shallow/slow moving/non-treacherous point to cross the Lillooet River. Ford the river, don't fall over - that would be a day ruiner. Looking at hydrological data for the Lillooet River, in February the river is generally at it's lowest - and coldest - that it is all year; I very much doubt fording the river would be possible once Spring-melt kicks in.
After our swim, we continued up the valley towards Meager Creek hotsprings. EDIT: Since this trip, we have done an alternate route which meets up with new Lillooet South FSR logging roads which lead to the hotsprings; I would recommend this route to avoid exposure to landslide/avi paths and difficult slope traversing.
We reached the hotsprings after about 4 hours from the car. We treated ourselves to a soak for about 2 hours for morale. Once we were sufficiently soaked, we made our way up old logging roads leading up to the south. Stay on these logging roads for as long as possible, as this is the easiest... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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