Hike Rating 9Meager Hot Springs(aka: Meager Creek Hot Springs) is located 93 kilometres northwest of Whistler, was beautifully developed into gorgeous pools, with a caretaker and usage charge.  At its height of popularity, Meager Hot Springs had 30,000 yearly visitors. Unfortunately, due to two recent avalanches it seems unlikely to ever officially reopen.  After several years of being closed, access reopened on 2009 with a nice, expensive, new bridge.

  • Amazing large pool & several small pools
  • Visible geological history surrounds Meager
  • Hard to get to, so few people go there
  • Lots of great places for a tent
  • Trail looks across to the 2010 slide path
  • The main pool is huge
  • You will likely have the place to yourself
  • Trail goes through a beautiful forest 
  • Once a busy, pay to use place, now serene! 
  • Access road to trailhead often blocked

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Only to be dramatically obliterated from another slide in 2010. In 2014 the new VOC Harrison Hut Trail was mostly completed, allowing access to Meager Hot Springs once again. Currently this access road is in a bit of a construction zone, so don't be surprised if the road is blocked by a rock slide or road construction.  The old access bridge over the Upper Lillooet River which cost nearly a million dollars was wrecked in seconds in 2010.  There was considerable wrangling and negotiating to get it built in in 2009, but now it will almost certainly never be rebuilt.  The area is far too active.  Access to the springs is now via the new Harrison Trail via the south side of the the Upper Lillooet River, above and beyond the still visible, still awe inspiring, mudslide carnage.  With the catastrophic mud and debris slide let loose from Devastator Peak in 2010, the nice new (in 2009) million dollar bridge to the Meager Hot Springs was destroyed.  Though destroyed doesn't even begin to describe it. Looking on the now, dead end road, where the bridge once stood, the place still looks a mess. "Meager Creek FSR is closed indefinitely; no access to the hot springs." This is from the BCParks Upper Lillooet Provincial Park site, and evidently quite accurate.  Dead and still dying grey ghosts of trees still stand as they did in piles of forest wreckage.  Even the road in looks bizarre. The road was simply bulldozed back to life.  On either side, hemmed in by piles of dirt and dead trees.  In the last couple years BC Ministry of Forests and Recreation Sites and Trails BC have been aggressively blocking public access to both Meager Hot Springs and Keyhole Hot Springs. Currently, in 2023 they have blocked both access roads with gates to the trailheads and are threatening to issue violation tickets. The warning reads: SITE CLOSED: Meager Hot Springs are within Lil̓wat Nation territory. This is a place of cultural and spiritual significance for Lil̓wat Nation. The site closure supports the protection of important cultural, environmental, and wildlife values. The Meager Creek Drainage is prone to extremely large landslides, avalanches, and flooding/washouts. The Province will be enforcing this closure and will issue violation tickets to anyone caught ignoring the restrictions. They don't appear to have any legitimate reasons for the closures and are clearly making up vague things to justify blocking public access. For example: "Mineral licks at the hot springs provide wildlife with year-round nutrients. The hot springs are also home to the vivid dancer damselfly, a species of special concern that is threatened by intensive recreational use. Meager Creek Hot Springs is the only known location within BC where the American bulrush (Schoenoplectus americanus) grows".

Meager Mudslide Carnage

The mudslide carnage after the slide was quite a sight to see.  The striking contrast of lush, tree covered mountains and the valley floor a brown, lifeless carpet of powdery dirt and dead trees.  You could see, with alarming clarity, the path the slide carved out as it barrelled through the valley.  At its peak of popularity in 1994, Meager Hot Springs had 30,000 visitors a year. With the unrestrained numbers, vandalism and violence broke out at the springs often so the BC Forest Service stepped in. They hired an on-site supervisor, limited vehicle access and charged a usage fee. Then the big slide of 2010 happened and now of course it only gets a few, very motivated visitors.

Path of the Meager Mudslide in 2013

Meager Slide Debris Field

Bridge to Meager Hot Springs Before and After

Old Meager Access Bridge

Harrison Trail View of Mount Meager

Harrison Trail View of Meager Slide

Harrison Trail View of Meager Mudslide Path

Harrison Trail View of Meager Slide

Mount Meager

Mount Meager

The Old Meager Creek Hot Springs Welcome Sign

Old Meager Hot Springs Sign

Beautiful Meager Creek Hot Springs

Meager Hot Springs

Meager Hot Springs Map

The Harrison Hut and Meager Hot Springs trailhead shown here has been accessible by car in the past, however the access road has been found blocked occasionally in the past couple years.  Keep that in mind as you may have to park and walk to the trailhead.

Meager Hot Springs Map v7

More Meager Hot Springs Info at HikeInWhistler.com

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