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Wedgemount Lake in July

The deep snow that accumulates over the long winter around Wedgemount Lake takes until July to melt.  So don't be surprised to find a glaze of ice on the lake at the start of July.  In 2011 there was ice on the lake until mid July, but that was unusual.  There will be patches of snow near the top of the trail, early in July, but not so much inconvenient as it is a curiosity.  Walking on snow in 22c heat is always fun.  You won't need to bring too much water on the trail or at the top as there are frequent and excellent water sources.

July, August and September are the best months to hike Wedge, however, snow doesn't start accumulating again until November.  There are annoying bugs to deal with during July and August.  Mosquitoes and huge flies come out pretty strong.  By September they have all but vanished, yet the beautiful weather remains.  The grapefruit scented mosquito repellent you see for sale at most stores in Whistler seems to repel the mosquitoes surprisingly well.

Wedgemount Lake is an amazing place to sleep without a tent.  You will often see people on those beautiful wooden platforms in sleeping bags asleep under the stars.  Though the Wedge Hut is quite amazing, it is often empty during the summer as people tend to bring tents in case it is full, then end up using their tents on one of the great tent spots.  The drawbacks for the hut are just that it is a bit dark inside and its about a 8 minute walk to reach fresh water.  The hut is free to use and there is no reservation system.  The parking lot at the trailhead is quite large and also no charge.

Wedgemount Lake Sunset

 

Whistler Area Hot Springs - Vancouver Hiking

 

Skookumchuck Hot Springs - Vancouver Hiking

Skookumchuck Hot Springs(aka T'sek)


Skookumchuck Hot Springs, located two hours north of Whistler along the edge of the huge Lillooet River.  The name Skookumchuck means "strong water" in the language of the Chinook people of the Pacific Northwest.  The name is associated with the hot springs because of the nearby First Nation community of Skatin, Skookumchuck Hot Springs on a Snowy March Daywhich was once, and usually still called Skookumchuck.

The Skookumchuck Hot Springs were also once known as St. Agnes Well during the days of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, but that name has fallen into disuse.  They are also known locally by the Skatin name as the T'sek Hot Springs.  See a short history of Skookumchuck Hot Springs here. Though having three names, it is hard to beat the name Skookumchuck.  It is awkward and beautiful at the same time, which describes the Skookumchuck Hot Springs perfectly.  The tubs are a clumsy collection of odd looking tubs, which at first sight make you chuckle.  But, after a few minutes, the extraordinary charm of the place takes over and Skookumchuck becomes oddly beautiful and wonderful.

The Skookumchuck Hot Springs start in a pool which is far to hot to use so there are a network of tubes emanating from this pool to feed a ramshackle array of tubs.  There are five tubs, which include one very large one under an A-frame which could hold 10 people and is beautifully comfortable.  A smaller one under a half A-frame privacy screen which could hold 8 under the stars.  And three more open tubs.  Clothing, you will quickly discover, is optional.  There are small change rooms and one outhouse a few metres away.

Skookumchuck Hot Springs is the only, properly maintained and supervised hot springs of the four mentioned here.  As a result there is a small and well worth it, charge to use them.  Also, the campground is first class.  Beautiful, secluded forest setting on the gorgeous Lillooet River.  Firewood is even provided at each tent spot.

The wild and beautiful Sloquet Hot Springs is just one hour past Skookumchuck and so Skookumchuck makes a great pit stop on the way to and from Sloquet.

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Sloquet Hot Springs - July Vancouver Hiking Guide


Sloquet Hot Springs 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 an enormous, crashing river. As you near, you can smell the unusual, but kind Sloquet Hot Springs Main Poolof 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 Hot Springs and Meager Creek Hot Springs.  Meager is artificial, but wonderfully constructed by the BC Forest Service.  Skookumchuck Hot Springs 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 in a dramatically natural, cozy and 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.

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