Sloquet Hot Springs Whistler Area Hot Springs
Sloquet is wonderfully designed, as it were, though randomly by nature. The large, spread out campsite lies a short walk from the springs. You have to follow a dark and quickly descending trail toward yet another enormous, crashing river. As you near, you can smell the unusual, but kind of nice hot springs smell, 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.
Finally, you come 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 Springs.
Sloquet is the contrast of both Skookumchuck and Meager. Meager is artificial, but wonderfully constructed. Skookumchuck is shabby though comfy. Sloquet has the best of both of these and none of the worst. It consists of seven pools formed with rocks positioned to segment pools out of what must have been one huge pool.
It is dramatically natural, cozy, hidden place. Every aspect seems fined tuned for comfort. The cold, dark cliff at your back, specked with candles. The majestic river so loud and so close. The scent of cedar. As if it could get any more perfect you'll notice the water comes from a small waterfall cascading down the cliff. What a wonderful place.
Directions to Skookumchuck (2 hours) and Sloquet Hot Springs (3 hours):
From Whistler, zero your odometer in Whistler at Village Gate Boulevard and follow highway 99 north to Pemberton. At 32km you will arrive at Pemberton, an intersection, with a Petro Can gas station on your left and Mcdonalds to your right. Continue straight, through Pemberton.
At 39km turn right at the sign to Lillooet(pictured left). Follow this winding road, for 10km and soon (5-10 minutes) you will come to the massive Lillooet Lake on your right.
At 49km turn right, just as you pass the lake on your right you will see a sign for the In-Shuck-Ch Forest Service Road(pictured right). Continue down this logging road as it hugs the mighty Lillooet Lake on your right.
At 78.8km you will come to a fork in the road. Bear left and you will immediately see another sign to the Skookumchuck Hot Springs.
At 96.5km, on your right you will pass the sign welcoming you to "St. Agnes Well, T'Sik, Skookumchuck Hot Springs"
At 126.5km you will come to a slight fork in the road. Keep to the right and cross the massive bridge across Lillooet River. After a kilometre or so you will come to an intersection, turn left.
At 131km you will see the sign to Sloquet Hot Springs(pictured left). Turn right, then immediately left, follow this for 12km to finally reach the Sloquet Hot Springs.
The unmarked trail to the hotsprings will descend from the campsite on the far left. Location 50°34.4' 123°28.0'
Due to the year-round use of these logging roads, they are maintained by snowplows, however, the last 12 kilometres are not. Certainly from December to April this last section of road will have to be hiked with some difficulty.