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.
Distance: 36 km return
Elevation gain: 400 m
Time: 9 hours
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.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
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.