Halfway Hotsprings Dec 2012

Halfway Hotsprings Dec 2012

Hike to Halfway Hotsprings, or drive if the road is packed. The hike could be eleven km if you your 4X4 cannot make it. Whatever you decide, the trip is worth it. I actually have not been to the halfway hotsprings but have been to the St.Leon ones a little closer to the highway. Enjoy your exploration and treasures that British Columbia offers! The following pictures were taken by Jesse, my son, when he gathered a bunch of friends who were brave enough to sleep in the cold for a couple of nitghts. More pictures and information on Halfway Hotsprings can be found here: (don’t worry the title is only taken from the sign at the springs, all pictures are rated E for everyone: Nude or Prude Halfway Hotsprings near Nakusp

Halfway Hotsprings main pool naturally heated but built and maintained by Nakusp and Revelstoke area inhabitants.

Halfway Hotsprings main pool naturally heated but built and maintained by Nakusp and Revelstoke area inhabitants.

Halfway Hotsprings Winter Camp. December camping near Nakusp BC.

Halfway Hotsprings Winter Camp. December camping near Nakusp BC.

Winter Hike near Nakusp

Winter Hike near Nakusp

Winter Camping and Hiking

Halfway Hotsprings Trip December 2012, barefoot!

Adventurer, World Traveller, UBC Professor, Winter Camp Survivor

Adventurer, World Traveller, UBC Professor, Winter Camp Survivor

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Halfway Hotsprings Winter Hike

Halfway Hotsprings Winter Hike

The snow from the cedar trees continually and fell on the hikers below.

The snow from the cedar trees continually and fell on the hikers below.

Winter Trekking near Halfway Hotsprings December 2012

Winter Trekking near Halfway Hotsprings December 2012

Snowfall accumulation after camping overnight at Halfway Hotsprings December 2012. The 4x4's made it up to the springs.

Snowfall accumulation after camping overnight at Halfway Hotsprings December 2012. The 4×4’s made it up to the springs.

Snowing on the Halfway Hotsprings Trek

Snowing on the Halfway Hotsprings Trek

Snow hanging fruit near Halfway Hotsprings

Snow hanging fruit near Halfway Hotsprings

Notice the chair and firpit near the professor in the background at the end of the line. Hiking after soaking in the Halfway Hotsprings.

Notice the chair and firpit near the professor in the background at the end of the line. Hiking after soaking in the Halfway Hotsprings.

Halfway Hotsprings pool on halfway creek near Nakusp BC

Halfway Hotsprings pool on halfway creek near Nakusp BC

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Snow falling and deepening around the hotsprings.

Snow falling and deepening around the hotsprings.

Snow hanging fruit eh?

Snow hanging fruit eh?

Winter Hiking in BC.

Some people just don’t want their picture taken. hahaha

It may be cold, but not for long. Hotsprings make you happy!

It may be cold, but not for long. Hotsprings make you happy!

River just begins to freeze as the ice first forms on the rocks in the stream.

River just begins to freeze as the ice first forms on the rocks in the stream.

Hiking around the Halfway Hotsprings after a soak of course. I said march!

Hiking around the Halfway Hotsprings after a soak of course. I said march!

Halfway Hotsprings views along the trek up to the springs.

Halfway Hotsprings views along the trek up to the springs.

Halfway River Forest Service Road in December 2012

Halfway River Forest Service Road in December 2012

Winter Hike halfway forest service road on Halfway River viewing North East.

Winter Hike halfway forest service road on Halfway River viewing North East.

Halfway Hotsprings main pool naturally heated but built and maintained by Nakusp and Revelstoke area inhabitants.

Halfway Hotsprings main pool naturally heated but built and maintained by Nakusp and Revelstoke area inhabitants.

Idaho Peak in Kootenay Boundary near Nakusp

Idaho Peak in Kootenay Boundary near Nakusp

Idaho Peak in Kootenay Boundary near Nakusp recreation site has no campsite you can go to the site with two wheel drive! Enjoy marvelous Camping, Hiking, Nature Study opportunities.

Amenities: Tables,Toilets

free camping

Idaho Peak in Kootenay Boundary near Nakusp

 

Site Description:Idaho Peak offers one of the most spectacular flower shows in the Kootenays. The diversity and quantity of flowers is matched only by the diversity and quantity of visitors who come to admire the flowers and take in the 360 degree view from the lookout. This is not the place to come if you are seeking solitude. Despite the number of visitors, grouse and deer still roam the area, and an occasional bear is seen. Thus, if you bring your dog, please, keep it on a leash as a matter of courtesy to other trail users and the wild life. There are 2 trails to Idaho Lookout. Both meet on the ridge for the last leg of the hike up to the summit. They are the same length, but one is less travelled. If you would like to take the less travelled trail to the lookout, park at the Alamo parking area. The flowers along this section of the trail are every bit as showy as the ones near the ridge parking lot. A picnic table near the Alamo parking area is an added convenience, not available at the ridge parking area. Trail rehabilitation efforts are under way. Please, keep to the marked trails to avoid destroying the fragile alpine vegetation that you have come to admire.

Driving Directions:At the junction of Hwy 6 and 31A in New Denver, turn east onto Hwy 31A and follow the signs to Sandon. In Sandon, cross the bridge and continue through the centre of town, stopping to pick up drinking water and anything else you may need for the trip. At the end of the street, stop and read the “Idaho Peak Information Sign”. This sign has important road information. The first 2 km of the road is wide, not too steep and well maintained by the mining companies. After this, the road narrows considerably, as it switch backs up the mountain. As you enter Wild Goose Basin, you will find a pleasant picnic site on the edge of the meadow. From here, the rest of the road is clearly visible, as it switch backs up to the 2 parking areas. The most heavily used parking area is on the ridge between Idaho Peak and Selkirk Peak. The Alamo parking area is less crowded. Perfect! Park here to avoid the crowds around the ridge parking lot or protect your vehicle’s paint job from the nicks and scratches acquired in crowded parking lots.

Idaho Peak in Kootenay Boundary near Nakusp Interactive Map

Nude or Prude – Halfway Hotsprings near Nakusp.

Nude or Prude – Halfway Hotsprings near Nakusp.

After crossing the Arrow Lakes on the Galena Bay Ferry, for free, travel towards the village of Nakusp along Highway 6 until you reach Halfway Creek which just happens to be half the way to Nakusp from Galena Bay.  Find a place to park along the FSR and grab your snowshoes and be prepared for a 11 km hike to Halfway Hotsprings.  Of course if you choose to go in summer you can drive right to the Hot Springs. View December 2012 Halfway Hotsprings pictures. (looks much more different in the snow.)

Nude or Prude

Galena Bay Free Ferry Ride

Halfway Creek is rather dry in the winter which makes it perfect for enjoying the Hot Springs

Hot water for the Hot Springs

Haphazard Hot Springs infrastructure

Infrastructure Pool of water

more Halfway pools

halfway outhouse

 

Halfway Hotsprings