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Keyhole Hot Springs

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Keyhole Hot Springs (also known as Pebble Creek Hot Springs) is located 100 kilometers from Whistler (Village Gate Blvd). While the majority of the 100 kilometers are on logging roads, the conditions are suitable for most vehicles.
The hot springs at Keyhole emerge from the ground next to the Lillooet River’s swirling, roaring, and glacier-colored water. The color changes with the seasons, but it is always a wonderful, rich, milky turquoise. When sunshine penetrates the deep gorge, the milky turquoise transforms into an unnaturally bizarre emerald green that swirls all around you.
Sitting in the springs, you gaze out at the steep rock face and the vast, truck-sized blocks of it that lies in the river beside you.

The Lillooet River is Powered by many glaciers and snow-capped mountains visible all the way to Pemberton. Take a look in the distance at the Lillooet River crossing in Pemberton Meadows, and you’ll see Mount Meager, a spectacularly jagged and violent-looking mountain.

 

It’s also a safe place to think about Mount Meager, which caused Canada’s largest volcanic eruption in the last ten thousand years. It happened about 2400 years ago, and Keyhole and Meager Hot Springs are signs of recent volcanic activity, with another significant eruption conceivable. Keyhole Hot Springs has a pretty complex hot springs layout for such a remote location, as well as a very big (unmaintained) camping area in the deep forest, high above the hot springs, about a 10-minute walk away.

 

Signs of semi-permanent tarp homes can be found in various states of decay, but the campsite area is impressive overall. It is perched on a great bluff with excellent views of the river below and cliff, valleys, and waterfalls across, with the exception of being dark due to the dense forest and freshwater a steep, 5-minute walk away. If the campsite had a dozen tents, you could quickly space them apart enough that you couldn’t see or hear each other.
Keyhole Falls Hot Springs Rec Site and Trail are closed to all travelers from April 1st to November 15th each year due to heightened wildlife problems caused by recreational users. From November 16th to March 31st, it is accessible.

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Please be conscious that the Lillooet River FSR is not plowed on a daily basis during the winter, and travel can be hazardous. The route runs across several avalanche chutes. Take precautions and be aware if snow is in the forecast.

Driving Directions: The trailhead is located at 42 km on the Upper Lillooet FSR. PLEASE NOTE: During the winter, while the Hot Springs Trail is open, the Upper Lillooet FSR is not plowed or maintained. Access can be minimal, with potential avalanche danger. Please use it at your own risk.

Travel up Pemberton Meadows Road from Pemberton BC until it intersects with the Hurley Pass Road, then turn right onto the Hurley Pass Road.

Cross the Lillooet River, travel approximately 6 kilometers, turn left down the Upper Lillooet FSR, and continue upstream until 42 kilometers. Make sure you don’t take the Hurley Pass route to Gold Bridge or Bralorne.

 

Featured photo by: jm.wy

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Exploring the volcanic geothermal sites "near" Vancouver. Steaming waterfalls, scalding hot water bubbling out from the ground and rocks, just show how we really are in the ring of fire and surrounded by numerous volcanos. Certainly makes a nice dip in -5c. Now I'm intrigued about geothermal energy!  #hotsprings #vancouver #onsen #keyholehotsprings #geothermal #naturalpool

Exploring the volcanic geothermal sites "near" Vancouver. Steaming waterfalls, scalding hot water bubbling out from the ground and rocks, just show how we really are in the ring of fire and surrounded by numerous volcanos. Certainly makes a nice dip in -5c. Now I'm intrigued about geothermal energy! #hotsprings #vancouver #onsen #keyholehotsprings #geothermal #naturalpool ...

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Monday blue,
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#girlswhohikebc
#getoutside
#womenwhohike
#explorebc
#canada
#herpnwlife
#girlswhohike
#instahike
#wildernessculture
#westcoastisthebestcoast
#herwanderfullife #dailyhivevancouver
#viewfromthetop
#keyholehotsprings
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🌋 Keyhole Hot Springs 🌋
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Driving 40k along a sketchy logging road followed by hiking through thick snow up in the mountains and through the forest to find Key Hole Hotsprings.
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Driving 40k along a sketchy logging road followed by hiking through thick snow up in the mountains and through the forest to find Key Hole Hotsprings.
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#keyholehotsprings #britishcolumbia #bchotsprings #canada #vancouver #mountains #snowhike #snow #hike #winter #mountains #waterfalls #travel #vanlife #explore #explorebc #intothewild #backcountry #igcanada #explorepage #backpacker #winterwonderland
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Got to say I thought I was gonna die climbing with no cellphone signal, beware for grizzly bears and avalanches, and the warning that the government is in no hurry to clear snow roads till April....well I survived to live for 2021 lol!! Definitely the beauty of Mother Nature is breath taking. 
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#keyholehotsprings #winter #2020 #2021 #arcteryx #uniqlo #adventure #photography #nature #bcisbeautiful #enchanted #snow #hiking #igdaily #写真 #アウトドア #ユニクロ #自然 #雪

Got to say I thought I was gonna die climbing with no cellphone signal, beware for grizzly bears and avalanches, and the warning that the government is in no hurry to clear snow roads till April....well I survived to live for 2021 lol!! Definitely the beauty of Mother Nature is breath taking.
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#keyholehotsprings #winter #2020 #2021 #arcteryx #uniqlo #adventure #photography #nature #bcisbeautiful #enchanted #snow #hiking #igdaily #写真 #アウトドア #ユニクロ #自然 #雪
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Oh to go on hot spring adventures with friends! A little inspiration for next year, perhaps? 💭❄️ ⠀
Photo by braybraywoowoo #604Now ⠀
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Reminder to please adhere to BC health and safety measures. If you're sick, please stay home.

Oh to go on hot spring adventures with friends! A little inspiration for next year, perhaps? 💭❄️ ⠀
Photo by braybraywoowoo #604Now ⠀

Reminder to please adhere to BC health and safety measures. If you're sick, please stay home.
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Formed around 2350 years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption that dammed the Lillooet river.  Keyhole falls stands 115 feet high and is classed as a punchbowl falls because of its wide basin. 
We viewed this from above as the trail to access the base of the falls has been closed because of aggressive Grizzly bears near the popular hot springs down river.

These bears have become extremely aggressive due to visitors of the hot springs leaving food behind.

If you are going to enjoy the environment respect the environment. 
#keyholefalls #keyhole #keyholehotsprings #keyholehotspring

Formed around 2350 years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption that dammed the Lillooet river. Keyhole falls stands 115 feet high and is classed as a punchbowl falls because of its wide basin.
We viewed this from above as the trail to access the base of the falls has been closed because of aggressive Grizzly bears near the popular hot springs down river.

These bears have become extremely aggressive due to visitors of the hot springs leaving food behind.

If you are going to enjoy the environment respect the environment.
#keyholefalls #keyhole #keyholehotsprings #keyholehotspring
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Get outside.

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"Freedom lies in being bold." -#Frost (📷: Ron Boaz)

"Freedom lies in being bold." -#Frost (📷: Ron Boaz) ...

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What an amazing view over a still active Volcano 🌋 on the West Coast 3 years ago! This was a week before the closure! #keyholehotsprings #mountmeager #mtmeager #vancouver #westcoastliving #hellobc #theoutboundcollective #theoutbound #nationalgeographic #outsidemagazine #natgeotravel #vancitybuzz #dailyhivevan #instagramvancouver #hike_bc #canadasworld #explorecanada #inside_vancouver #natgeo  #vancitybuzz #mountainhardware #outdoorvancouver #tourcanada #canadasworld #lovebackpacking #alwaysexplore #hikebc #explorebc #vancouvertrails🌱

What an amazing view over a still active Volcano 🌋 on the West Coast 3 years ago! This was a week before the closure! #keyholehotsprings #mountmeager #mtmeager #vancouver #westcoastliving #hellobc #theoutboundcollective #theoutbound #nationalgeographic #outsidemagazine #natgeotravel #vancitybuzz #dailyhivevan #instagramvancouver #hike_bc #canadasworld #explorecanada #inside_vancouver #natgeo #vancitybuzz #mountainhardware #outdoorvancouver #tourcanada #canadasworld #lovebackpacking #alwaysexplore #hikebc #explorebc #vancouvertrails🌱 ...

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A little over an hour later along with a quick setup of tents - success! (Pt III of III)

A little over an hour later along with a quick setup of tents - success! (Pt III of III) ...

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We braved the elements with packs and tents in search of natural hot springs. (Pt I of III)

We braved the elements with packs and tents in search of natural hot springs. (Pt I of III) ...

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Trails.

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#keyholehotsprings #keyhole #hotsprings #onlyinwhistler #beautifulbc #nature #incredible #glacierfed #river #pemberton #sohot #whistler #camping

#keyholehotsprings #keyhole #hotsprings #onlyinwhistler #beautifulbc #nature #incredible #glacierfed #river #pemberton #sohot #whistler #camping ...

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cold-licious and snow-wonderful (📷:Ron Boaz)

cold-licious and snow-wonderful (📷:Ron Boaz) ...

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Snowy drive. 🙌🏻

Snowy drive. 🙌🏻 ...

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The sun was fast setting and the trail much more steep than we were lead to believe... (Pt II of III)

The sun was fast setting and the trail much more steep than we were lead to believe... (Pt II of III) ...

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