Distance From Vancouver:
About 130 km to the beginning of the FSR via
Highway 1 East (to Exit 135), then Highway 9 North (to
Harrison Hot Springs),
and Lillooet Avenue / Rockwell Drive.
Smoothest road surface of all the FSRs visited,
waterfalls, lake views, relatively few people (on a weekday).
Of note: Logging
trucks in the area, no cell phone reception, brutal mosquitoes.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
14 (Harrison Lake) G7.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.
077 - Harrison
East FSR Second Trip.
Other Trips in Harrison Hot Springs area:
Clear Creek Forest
Service Road (off Harrison East FSR),
Forest Service Road,
Harrison West Forest Service
Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake,
Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike,
Harrison Hot Springs,
Campbell Lake Trail Hike.
Harrison East Forest Service Road runs for
about 22 kilometers along the East side of Harrison Lake, and then
diverts into some of the finest Southwestern BC wilderness. We have
driven to the split with Shovel Creek Forest Service Road (58.4 km
mark), and decided to drive further on Harrison East. But that's where
numerous cross ditches began to appear, and we got badly stuck far away
from the nearest human being. Thank God for Tow Truck in a Box - we got out!
We then drove on Shovel Creek FSR, hiked an unnamed FSR the next day
(Wednesday), and then on Thursday returned to the split and hiked
Harrison East close to the end, or about 70 km mark.
The first two pages of this trip report
describe our Tuesday adventure, and the third page is dedicated to the
Thursday hike. Shovel Creek FSR trip report follows Harrison East FSR
trip report. During all of our trip, low-hanging clouds concealed much
of the surrounding wilderness, plus the rain was fairly frequent. In
sunny weather you are likely to see even more.
On July 5, 2011, we have visited
a substantially less impressive
Harrison West FSR.
Here is the table of points of
interest along Harrison East FSR. Zero your odometer at the sign seen on
the photo #9 below. And please note that the yellow mileage markers on
the road do not exactly correspond to the mileage in the table, the
difference usually being around 300-500 meters. All recreation sites
carry a $13 charge per night.
||Slollicum FSR (active logging)
||Rainbow Falls (photo below)
||Harrison Lake lookout
Peninsula Recreational Site
||Harrison Lake view opens up and
||Small Waterfall (photo below)
||Small Waterfall (photo below)
Beach recreation site (1.6 km long)
||Active Logging Camp (Tamihi
||Steep road (FSR?)
||Hornet Creek FSR
||Pine Mainline FSR
||Clear Creek FSR
- Harrison East is to the Right
camping area (photo on
Gold Creek (photo on
Shovel Creek FSR
||End of 2WD Road for Harrison East
1. We are on Highway 1 East around Chilliwack, en
route to Exit 135.
TransCanada Highway 1 East Around Chilliwack BC
2. Take Exit 135 and follow signs to
Harrison Hot Springs
(Highway 9 North). The photo below shows a bridge over Fraser River
shortly before Agassiz.
Highway 9 Bridge Across Fraser River near Agassiz BC Canada
3. Now we are in Agassiz, following signs to Harrison
Hot Springs (still Highway 9 North).
Photo of Agassiz British Columbia Canada
4. Upon arrival to Harrison Hot Springs, keep driving
until Lillooet Avenue (one block before Harrison Lake).
Harrison Hot Springs BC Canada
5. At the intersection of Highway 9 (also called Hot
Springs Road) and Lillooet Avenue is a Husky Gas Station - your last
chance to fill up the gas tank before heading into the wilderness.
Village of Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia Canada
6. Turn right onto Lillooet Avenue. It is 7.4
kilometers from here to the beginning of Harrison East FSR.
Hot Springs Road at Lillooet Avenue Harrison Hot Springs BC Canada
7. Lillooet Avenue turns into Rockwell Drive, which is
a fairly narrow, winding road with a 40 km/h speed limit. This is also
the way to
Bear Mountain hiking
Rockwell Drive Harrison Hot Springs
8. And so you would arrive to a split 7.4 kilometers
after turning onto Lillooet Avenue. To the right is the road to Deer
Lake and Hicks Lake
areas. To the left is Harrison East Forest Service Road.
Harrison East FSR Entrance Province of British Columbia Canada
9. The signs at the beginning of Harrison East FSR
advise of the following: all three campgrounds charge $13 per night, and
the logging company radio frequency is 152.090.
Zero your odometer here, if you want to follow the table of points of
interest at the top of this page.
Harrison East Forest Service Road Entrance Signs
10. Harrison East is a VERY
smooth FSR all the way to the 42 km mark. The road is also fairly wide
and with few dangerous turns. You can safely maintain the speed of 50-60 km/h most of the time.
Harrison East FSR Picture
11. And you don't have to wait long for good lake views.
This one arrives shortly after the 2 km mark.
Harrison Lake Seen From Harrison East FSR BC Canada
12. One of the most impressive waterfalls along
Harrison East FSR is
Rainbow Falls, seen from the bridge at the 6.7 km mark.
Rainbow Falls Harrison East FSR British Columbia Canada
13. Rainbow Falls close-up.
Rainbow Falls Harrison East Forest Service Road
Here is our video of Rainbow Falls:
14. Another good lake view is at the 8.7 km of
Harrison Lake Province of British Columbia Canada
15. Yet another decent Harrison Lake view is at
the 14.0 km mark, where the lake opens up, and you are starting to drive
with a good view of the lake by your side for over a kilometer.
Harrison Lake BC Canada
16. Still smooth. Still wide.
Harrison East Forest Service Road
17. The next waterfall awaits near Bear Creek
recreation site around the 15 km mark.
Waterfall Harrison East FSR British Columbia Canada
18. Another one is on the right side of the road
3.5 kilometers later.
Harrison East FSR Waterfall Province of BC Canada
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continuation of our trip report.
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