Trip 008 - December 28, 2009 (Monday)

Campbell Lake Trail Hike

Near Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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Distance From Vancouver: 135-140 km. The trail begins in Harrison Hot Springs.

Liked: Fairy-tale forest scenes, icicles on rocks, view of Harrison Lake.

Of note: Occasional ice patches, fairly cold in the winter, snow in higher elevations.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 4 (Chilliwack) F1. TThe latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #61.

Related Website: Tourism Harrison Hot Springs - Campbell Lake Trail.

Other Trips in Harrison Hot Springs area: Harrison East Forest Service Road (Second Trip), Clear Creek Forest Service Road (off Harrison East FSR), Shovel Creek Forest Service Road, Harrison East (Main) Forest Service Road, Harrison West Forest Service Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake, Chehalis Forest Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike, Harrison Hot Springs.

15. Approaching this tree, it looked like someone used it for a shotgun shooting practice. But no, it's just the way the bark looks.

Campbell Lake Trail British Columbia Canada

16. And then there was this ladder, which looked very good from afar...

Campbell Lake Trail

17. ...but, after getting closer, you realize that not even a world-class figure skater would be able to go up this substantial piece of ice. Solution: climb from the side.

Campbell Lake Trail Ladder - British Columbia Canada

18. If you are successful in getting past the ice challenge, your reward is this view. It is a slightly zoomed photo. The trail map refers to a helipad, but none was seen.

Harrison Lake

19. Zooming in a bit more. This is Harrison Lake.

Harrison Lake and Mountains seen from Campbell Lake Trail BC Canada

20. The view above is the main destination of the Campbell Lake Trail. But if you feel like visiting the lake itself, proceed further for about thirty more minutes. Your main obstacle arrives soon - a log bridge with damaged railing. Look at the snow on the log and the boulders below - a recipe for a nasty fall. So, use the stones by the log, but be very careful - it is a dangerous area.

Campbell Lake Trail - log bridge

21. After that, you are in the winter forest.

Campbell Lake Trail by Harrison Hot Springs

22. After the forest, a relatively open area awaits.

Campbell Lake Trail photo

23. Near Campbell Lake, ATV tracks could be seen on the ground, as there is ATV access to the lake from another side. The ATV did some donuts on Campbell Lake.

Campbell Lake - British Columbia Canada

24. And we wish you a Merry Christmas!

It is possible to make this trip in six hours, though frequently stopping to take the pictures and admire the views would extend the hike accordingly.

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