Field excursion to the giant Capricorn Creek debris flow, Lillooet River valley, British Columbia


View to west. The Capricorn debris flow descended Mount Meager's east flank into Meager Creek, jogged north slightly, then spilled down Lillooet River (foreground). The BC campground is just out of view at bottom right. Click to enlarge, Photo T. Spurgeon


Terry Spurgeon has contributed another field trip to this website. This one visits the distal deposits of the August 6, 2010 Capricorn Creek debris flow, one of the largest observed in Canada’s history. This flow initiated high on the east flank of Mount Meager, an active volcano west of Pemberton, BC. The flow entered Meager Creek and blocked it, then surged into the Lillooet River valley, leaving behind a devastated zone of mud, boulders, trees, and ruined roads and bridges.