Dewar Hot Springs
After a couple of days of uncertainty about
where to hike near St. Mary's Alpine Provincial Park in the Purcell
Mountains of British Columbia, there was no doubt about where Eva B.,
John Bence, Parry Loeffler, Rob Maybury, Eva Nagyova, Zosia Zgolak and I
were going on 5 September 2016. Eva B. and John had suggested the
long hike to Dewar Hot Springs as detailed in Hot Springs of Western
Canada: A Complete Guide by Glenn Woodsworth and David Woodsworth,
and after our meandering trip up
Mount Manson, it
was nice to not worry about route-finding for a change. Although
the hike to the hot springs is generally easy, the trail is quite wet and
mucky in a lot of places, and it is a fairly long walk to boot.
Occasional views are limited to the surrounding nondescript ridges, but
the real attraction of this hike remains the hot springs themselves.
Although park rangers reportedly dismantled several of the pools at the
hot springs, there is at least one pool left which is large enough to
accommodate a large group such as ours. We considered ourselves
fortunate to have the pool mostly to ourselves (a couple with a baby and
dog arrived just before us but did not stay long), and we thoroughly
enjoyed soaking in the warm waters. Some of us even enjoyed
soaking, albeit briefly, in the icy waters of Dewar Creek! After
drying ourselves off, we briefly visited the nearby backcountry
campground before making the long march back to the trailhead. That
was followed by an even longer drive home to cap off the long weekend.
||The group crosses a girder bridge over
a tributary of Dewar Creek.
||Stopping to enjoy the warmth of the
morning sun are (L to R) Parry, Rob, Zosia, Eva N., Eva B. and John.
||The group comes across some other
hikers as well as some private cabins not far from Dewar Hot Springs.
||Steam rises from Dewar Hot Springs.
Note the tent which is pitched in an illegal location.
||Sonny picks up a boreal toad near the
||Zosia, Eva B. and John are the first
ones in the pool.
Enjoying a well-deserved soak in the pool are (L to R)
Parry, Eva N., Zosia, Rob, John, Eva B. and Sonny.