The trail to Dewar Creek Hotsprings begins with a long drive on rough logging roads. I have seen cars make the trip but I would recommend a 4x4. Don't forget the spare and be sure to air down so you don't blow a tire. (Like I did.)
The trail begins 64km after leaving Hwy 95a at the signed Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Area. Use maps 82F16, 82F09 and 82G12 for the drive and 82F15 and 82F16 for the hike.
From the self registration box the rough and often muddy trail follows Dewar Creek for approximately 9km to the spring. At about the halfway point there is a signed "Y" intersection. Horses go left, hikers go right. The two trails will rejoin in a short time. At the next "Y" intersection you should stay left as the right fork leads to private cabins.
From the second intersection you are almost at the spring. One more climb will bring you out into an open, rocky and wet area that is the top of the spring. The water here emerges from the rock at about 85 degrees and flows over mineral deposits down into Dewar Creek. Most of the water here is way too hot for soaking but sometimes there are cooler pools built down by the rivers edge.
If you are camping, continue another .5km up the trail to Bugle Basin. Several scenic campsites are located in a wide meadow valley. There is also a plastic pit toilet or "loo with a view."
From Kimberley, drive south on Hwy 95a and turn west on St Mary Road just before the town of Marysville. This road eventually turns to gravel and generally gets rougher the farther you go. You will need the topo maps listed above.
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Posted By: Shelleyshell
- Sun Sep 25 16:42:42 EDT 2011
UpsideAwesome doable hike. The hotsprings are a bonus after the hike, and for the brave, you can always do the polar dip in the creek as well. The huckleberries along the route are a pleasant surprise. Bear lockers are the best! The view is stunning. Plan to do this again next year.
Posted By: glacier_fed
- Mon Jul 06 13:32:26 EDT 2009
UpsideNo crowds, huckleberries galore, best views of any hot springs I've been to in BC, river to cool off in
DownsideHorses make the trail fairly muddy, prime bear territory, trail a bit tedious
CommentI went back in Sept '05 as an overnighter. I won't comment much on the pools since it sounds like they've changed since then. Drove in a 2wd car. We were using an older Backroad Mapbook and ended up crossing the river thinking that's what we were supposed to do, but I coming back, we just stayed on the same side. This may have changed though. There were huckleberries nearly every step of the trail in the fall. Some hunting guide group told us we were sharing the basin that night with a family of grizzlies. I highly reccomend the fall when the colors are changing and the peaks are freshly dusted. We saw only one other group that weekend. It is, reportedly, the hottest springs in BC, so it's necessary to cool down the water before being able to get in.
Posted By: paulboutilier6
- Thu Jun 21 03:34:59 EDT 2007
Upside*Hot spring at the end *Not to many people *The hot spring itself is breath taking *Where the trail opens up from the tree's, look up, there always seems to be an amazing waterfall just a little ways above.
Downside*Hike is wet (Spring is not the best time to visit) *Bridge over first stream just blew out this year (2007), a log about 500m upstream has fallen over the entire width, but rapids underneath are a little unnerving. You can cross where the trail and horses do, but best do it as a group in the spring *Trail has 3 openings spanning about a total of 2km, the rest of the time is in the tree's.
CommentIt is not a place to cross off your list. I've been to about 10 different undeveloped hot springs and this one ranks number one. Doing the hike in mid august would be the perfect time. Make sure to wear gators and hikers as the trail turns into small streams multiple times. There is only one pool as the purcell conservancy has decided to limit the spring to one. however, when i visited in august 2006 making another pool in dewar creek bed using rocks only took a couple hours.