Keyhole Hot Springs Whistler Area Hot Springs
The trailhead parking to Keyhole Hot Springs(aka Pebble Creek Hot Springs) is 100k from Whistler (Village Gate Blvd), and though much of it on logging roads, drive-able by most cars. The final couple kilometres are the only difficult to drive parts, but aside from the small, though wide stream to drive through near the trailhead, most cars should be able to make it.
If you are uncomfortable with driving through this stream you can park before the stream and walk the 600m up the road to the trailhead. The actual hike into the campsite and the hot springs is less than a half hour, and quite steep downhill.
There are several supposed ways to reach Keyhole Hot Springs, which is quite dangerous. There are trees with coloured ribbons seen quite frequently along the side of the Lillooet Forest Service Road, however the Keyhole Hot Springs trail does not have flagging tape. Instead you have to locate the trailhead and follow the very well worn and steep trail to the springs. This area is busy with loggers and hunters as well as hikers so there is a fair bit of activity in the areas by the road in, which can be seen by the numerous coloured tape in the trees in the area.
Keyhole Hot Springs are in an amazingly beautiful setting. There are two cemented tubs into the rock perched on the edge of Lillooet River. These are the most beautiful, however there are several more possible springs to be had close by. There is a fabulous sandy area between the cliff and the river where hot spring water bubbles from the sand. There is a shovel here to dig yourself a beautiful pool and channel river water in as needed to moderate the temperature. There is also a small fire pit as well as several log seats.
Keyhole Hot Springs are very popular which can be seen by the elaborate hot springs layout as well as the huge campground area in the deep forest, high above the hot springs about a 10 minute walk away. Signs of semi-permanent dwellings can be seen in stages of ruin, but overall the campsite area is amazing. With the exception of being dark due to the thick forest and fresh water a steep, 5 minute walk away, it is perched on a wonderful cliff with great views of the river below and cliff and mountains and waterfalls across. If the campsite had a dozen tents within it you could space them out enough to not see or hear each other fairly easily.
Further down the river, in the opposite direction of the Keyhole Hot Springs is a beautiful and easily hiked stretch of the river passing waterfalls on both sides of the river as well as some wonderful, potential campsites on sandy and grassy plateaus next to the river about 15 minutes away. Across from Keyhole Hot Springs and campsite there is a abrupt and massive opposing rock face created from the eruption of Plinth Peak in 410BCE. Plinth is the massive mountain beyond this rock face that looks both impressively huge and wonderfully close. You can actually see trees frozen in time in the face of this cliff. Sticking out, black eroding away with the cliff.
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