I flew up to the Meager Creek valley to check out possible locations for a new road to replace the one destroyed by the massive August, 2010 Capricorn Creek landslide.
Suffice it to say, there is no easy way to re-establish road access up the valley, or even to hike up to the hot springs. If you follow the original road on the north side of Meager Creek, you first need to cross the Lillooet River and then fight your way through unstable landslide deposits for about 3 km. Then you need to cross Capricorn Creek and somehow find your way up the mud slopes on the north side of Meager Creek to eventually get to the old road. This would involve a lot of bushwhacking in thick second growth timber, or walking across steep mud slopes.
If you follow the Lillooet South road and then hike along the edge of the Lillooet River and Meager Creek floodplain, you eventually get to the place opposite Capricorn Creek where the landslide ran up the hill for about 250 metres. At this point, Meager Creek is located right up against the steep bank, and it would be difficult and dangerous to get through this point. Farther up, there are other places where the presence of braided channels and steep slopes would make progress very difficult.
Looking north across Meager Creek at the landslide debris in Capricorn Creek.
Right (south) bank of Meager Creek opposite Capricorn Creek. Notice the steep slopes and the fact that the river is right up against the steep and unstable bank.
Looking northwest up Meager Creek from near the confluence of Meager and Capricorn Creek- the original road was right at the bottom of the slope on the far side- but this is now covered in mud and has the river running right along the bottom of the steep bank.
So if you want to get to Meager Hotsprings, there are really only five options: 1. hike in from the Elaho River. 2. hike in from South Creek, and then over the divide and down Hotsprings Creek (this involves a significant amount of glacier travel). 3. bushwack from the highest road at the end of the Lillooet South road system to the highest road that was built up from Hotsprings Creek. 4. helicopter in from Pemberton or Whistler. 5. Hike up on the right (SW) bank of the Lillooet River, then around the corner and up the right (SE) bank of Meager Creek; staying low on the floodplain, or the slope just above it.