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Backpacking to Dewar Creek Hot Springs

  • Sep 20, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Time to go backpacking in the BC!  This is one of the finest hot springs in Canada, this undeveloped and unspoiled spot has a large volume of very hot water in a lovely, subalpine setting west of Kimberley.  The hottest pools are 180F with a commercial hot tub normally being only 102F.  But don't worry, there are pools that are suitable for bathing:)

Everyone who wishes to attend must phone and reserve their own accommodations in Kimberley.

Rating: Moderate
Distance: 36 km return
Elevation gain: 400 m
Time: 9 hours

More Info:

FRIDAY - September 20th

We will leave after work on Friday (or sooner if it works for everyone) and travel to Cranbrook.  The drive will be 4 hours from Calgary to Cranbrook.  Accommodation details to follow.

SATURDAY - September 21st

The natural hot springs are located down logging roads and are only accessible with a 4x4 truck.  We will drive as far as we can towards the hot springs, but will not be able to get all the way so this will require us to hike to the pools.  We will camp overnight at Dewar Creek Hot Springs.  The total hike is 9km and 180 m elevation gain.

SUNDAY - September 22nd

We will pack down camp and hike back out to the vehicles.  We will then drive back to Calgary. The total hike is 9km and 180 m elevation loss.



This will be free random camping as it is not in any parks. We can have a fire, there is a toilet and bear cache.



Backpacking checklist can be found here for everything you are required to bring:

Gear can be rented at either Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) or UofC Outdoor Center. Once we know who is all going, we will get together to see who has what gear so we can share things.


We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

This fragile and diverse area can be visited using an old outfitting trail. Drive west on the St. Mary’s forest service road 47 kilometres to the junction of the West Fork St. Mary’s road and the Dewar Creek road. Bear right and follow the Dewar Creek road to the end at the 27 km (the last 4 km is a very rough road and high clearance vehicles are recommended). There is a trail registry located at the beginning of the trail. After crossing Wesley Creek continue for about 1.5 hours till you drop down by the creek. If on foot scramble up onto the east bank and continue along a rough hiking trail that will rejoin the old outfitting trail, continue to the springs. About 3-4 hours total time.



You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.

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  • Wayne

    Did the trip go ahead?
    I woudl appreciate some advice regardign road/access since it seems the roads were damaged in the floods past spring?

    October 3, 2013

    • David w.

      Perfectly fine if you got a proper 4x4.

      October 3, 2013

    • David w.


      October 3, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    Looks like it should still be a go, 18 kms backpacking each way.

    September 10, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    Anyone made reservations for Friday yet?

    September 6, 2013

    • David w.

      Alpen B&B looks good too for maximum of 5 people. I got the accommodation guide but have no idea how to upload it to this wall.

      September 6, 2013

    • Trevor B.

      I found it was closed when I tried to contact them. Other options are Cranbrook, which is much bigger city, or Fernie.

      September 6, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    It takes the same amount of time to drive to Kimberley either going through Banff or Crowsnest, going through Banff we can also stop at Radium, Fairmont, or Lussier hot springs along the way!

    September 4, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    From backpacking the NCT, starting with a 61lbs pack on the hardest days, everyone having no food left at the end but we all had a surplus of alcohol I learnt one thing. We are capable of carrying a lot of alcohol! This should be a great trip:)

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    I will seem like an unfair bastard in who I choose to go on this trip and that is because a group of us have already planned this trip for the last year so they will have priority.

    August 20, 2013

    • Kayley E.

      Ok, fair enough! Let me know if it is possible for me to join and if not have a great trip!

      August 20, 2013

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