Distance From Vancouver:
85-90 km via Highway 1 West and
Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North,
then, as you are driving on Highway 99 through Squamish, turn left onto
Squamish Valley Road and drive for
about 25-30 minutes until it ends, and
Squamish River Forest Service Road
begins. Then, drive on Squamish River FSR for 28 kilometers and turn left onto
E-Main by crossing the bridge across Squamish River.
Tranquility, natural beauty, seeing some animals in the distance.
Of note: Very rough road with numerous
potholes. Remote wilderness area with very few people around and no cell
phone coverage. Possible presence of firearms. Possible logging in the
area. Several areas with heaps
of large stones piled along and above the road - even a minor earthquake
might cause a massive rock fall blocking the road for many days.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
the Beginning of the FSR:
Page 28 (Elaho River) F5.
District of Squamish FSR Conditions,
Clendinning Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.
Other Forest Service Roads Trips:
(by Harrison Mills),
Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George),
(off Harrison East),
(access to Stave Lake by Mission),
Second Trip, Harrison
Lost Creek (by Mission),
(near Boston Bar),
Parsnip West (by
Mackenzie), Shovel Creek
(off Harrison East),
Creek (by Hope),
Windfall Creek (by Tumbler Ridge).
E-Main branch of Squamish River Forest Service
Road offers pretty much the same type of views as the
That is to say - excellent views with mountains, streams and trees. The
only difference from
trip was that this time we went much further into the wilderness,
and saw no people at all after crossing the bridge after the S-Main
split with E-Main. A black bear leisurely walked into the bush from the
road about 200 metres ahead of our vehicle, and, shortly after that, a
cougar was seen running away between the trees. Finally, we stumbled
upon a large cow moose and her calf at a dead end. The moose was on a higher
ground and ran into the woods so fast that we did not have time to take a
1. We are on S-Main, about to turn left onto E-Main
and across Squamish River.
Squamish River Forest Service Road S-Main Split with E-Main
2. The bridge across
Squamish River. E-Main is straight ahead. Immediately after the bridge there is a road on the right side along
Squamish River. And, just a bit further on E-Main, is Interfor's office.
Logging machinery could be found abandoned in many areas of Squamish
River FSR, but no active logging appeared to be going on.
Squamish River Forest Service Road bridge across Squamish River and
3. View of Squamish River from the bridge.
Squamish River British Columbia Canada
4. And off we go on E-Main, with no people seen for
the rest of the day.
Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main Branch
5. E-Main is so called because it runs alongside Elaho
Elaho River BC Canada
6. Eight kilometers after the split with S-Main,
waterfall is on the right side.
Waterfall Photo Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main
7. Two kilometers later, a split with G-Main arrives,
where a bridge crosses Elaho River. Here
is a view of Elaho River from the bridge towards G-Main.
Elaho River seen from the G-Main Bridge
8. Continuing on E-Main.
E-Main Squamish River FSR Province of BC Canada
9. Clendinning Provincial Park
arrives about 33 kilometers after the split with S-Main. There is a
weathered map of the park on the side of the road.
Information from BC Government on the
Internet about this park indicates that there are no hiking trails, and
not too many visitors. Here is a view of Blakeney Creek crossing E-Main
several hundred meters past the Clendinning Park map.
Blakeney Creek Clendinning Provincial Park BC Canada
10. About 2.5 kilometers later,
E-Main splits with E-1000. We will return to E-1000 later in the day in
a failed attempt to locate Elaho Canyon trail. For the time being, we
would take the road to the right and continue on E-Main.
E-1000 and E-Main Split Squamish River Forest Service Road
11. E-Main continues for six
kilometers after that without major changes.
E-Main Picture Squamish River FSR
12. You would pass by the
remains of a forest fire. The fire happened at least a year ago, judging
by the new growth under the burned trees.
Burned Forest seen from E-Main Branch of Squamish River Forest Service
13. Six kilometers after
splitting with E-1000, E-Main starts to split itself. Here is a split
where we took a road to the left.
Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main
14. Half a kilometer later, the
road splits again, but both roads end very shortly. That's how it all
ends for one of the roads.
Squamish River FSR
15. So, we returned to the
original E-Main split as seen in photo #13, and took a road on the right.
We drove it for 2 kilometers over fairly steep terrain, but then our
vehicle met its match and could not overcome the loose-stoned hill
pictured below. Thus, we did not reach the ultimate end of E-Main. However, E-Main
probably ends not too long after that, if we read the Backroad Mapbook
Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main Branch British Columbia Canada
16. After that, we returned to the
E-Main split with E-1000 seen in photo #10, and started driving on
E-1000, with our goal being finding Elaho Canyon trail, which is not
listed in the last edition of "103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia" by Jack Bryceland.
View from E-1000 Squamish River Forest Service Road
17. Bryceland's directions state
to park after a bridge at the 63 mile mark (distance in miles from
Squamish) and look for the trailhead on the left side. Here is the
bridge, which did have a 63 mile marker next to it, though the name of
the creek on a piece of paper near the bridge was different from the creek name in the
E-1000 Branch of Squamish River FSR
18. And now we know why the
trail is not in the latest edition - the area had been logged. (2014
Update - the Elaho Canyon trailhead is a
bit further down the road, but this trail cannot be hiked because Cesna
Creek bridge is out, and the creek is too dangerous to cross).
Logging Area by E-1000 Squamish River Forest Service Road
19. A short walk before the bed
time led to a discovery of this piece of art.
Conifer cut out Squamish River Forest Service Road
20. And the clouds were very
interesting that evening.
Cloud seen from E-1000 Squamish River Forest Service Road
Squamish River Forest Service
Road E-Main is a good road to explore, with plentiful natural views to
keep your camera busy.
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Trip 030 - Squamish River FSR - E-Main Branch