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.
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.
Other Forest Service Roads Trips:
Chilliwack Foley, Chilliwack
Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George),
(off Harrison East),
Second Trip, Harrison West,
(by Mission), Parsnip
West (by Mackenzie), Shovel
Creek (off Harrison East),
Creek (by Hope),
Squamish River Main,
Squamish River Ashlu,
Squamish River E-Main,
Squamish River FSR
Windfall Creek (by Tumbler Ridge).
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.
19. At the 20.2 km mark, Cogburn
Beach Recreational Area begins, and it runs along the road for 1.6 km,
meaning you would have to pay the $13 overnight fee, if you park your
vehicle there. But, hey, the view is pretty good.
Harrison Lake Seen from Harrison East Forest Service Road Province of
British Columbia Canada
20. At around the 22 km mark of
Harrison East FSR, the road reaches about midpoint of the lake and then
veers to the right and
leaves the lake behind. This is the last view before the lake disappears
from your sight.
Harrison Lake BC Canada
21. At 31.3 km, there is a large Tamihi Co. active
logging camp. It appears the workers are there 24/7, and this could be a
good place to come for assistance, especially first aid. We have
encountered just one more vehicle shortly after the camp, and then have
not seen anyone for several days.
Tamihi Logging Camp Harrison East FSR Province of BC Canada
22. At the 42.9 km mark, there is a split. Harrison
East is to the right, but there is no sign saying so. At first, we took
the left road...
23. ...but got stuck on a hill about 3 km later, because
it was a new road being built, so it was nothing but a smooth pile
of dirt, where the run-of-the-mill wheels of our 2wd drive had little traction. It was very easy to back
24. The best part of the detour was discovering this
cool construction truck.
25. Thus, we returned to the split pictured on photo
#22, and took the road on the right. Yellow FSR mileage markers appeared very
soon, indicating we were on Harrison East again. This very ancient sign
(note the hyphenated "to-day") must have been here for decades. It is
located about two hundred feet past the split, and warns of non-existing
(as of the time of writing) logging trucks further on.
26. There is an enormous
camping area at the 46.0 km
mark. It can easily accommodate at least 50 vehicles and several hundred
campers. The photo below shows about a half of the actual
Harrison East FSR Large
Camping Area British Columbia Canada
27. The best views after the lake come at the 47.9 km
mark, when you are crossing the bridge over what appears to be Gold
Creek (judging by the map in the
Backroad Mapbook), which looks very
much like a river, perhaps due to all the runoff.
Gold Creek Harrison East FSR BC Canada
28. Looking the other way. Not bad either.
Gold Creek Seen from Harrison East Forest Service Road BC Canada
Here is our video of Gold Creek:
29. After that, the road gets slightly overgrown, but
still is pretty good by FSR standards. It is substantially rougher,
however, than before the 42 km mark (or so). It would be hard to drive
much faster than 25 km/h from the 42 km mark onwards.
Harrison East FSR
30. A few kilometers later, this exposed rock looks
31. The end of 2WD road for Harrison East FSR arrives
at the 58.4 km mark, where it splits with Shovel Creek FSR (seen on the
Harrison East FSR at Shovel Creek FSR Province of British Columbia
32. But, since we did not know that we should not have
gone any further, we did go forward on Harrison East, and started
crossing ditches one after another. Crossing the fifth ditch proved to
be a mistake. Our vehicle's front and back bottom hit the ground pretty
hard. We then crossed the sixth ditch, but turned around before the
seventh (turned out to be a good idea, as we found out on Thursday). But
then our drive got seriously stuck in the fifth ditch (pictured below) on the way
back...and that was about 25 kilometers after we had seen the last human
The Fifth Cross Ditch on Harrison East FSR
33. Tow Truck in a Box came to the rescue and worked
as advertised. One of the best investments for any 2WD driver taking the
rig off road. That and a folding shovel. And work gloves, of course.
Religious people would be wise to pray in such a situation.
Non-religious people would be wise to become instantly religious.
Tow Truck in a Box
34. The plates need to be stuck under the drive
wheels, and then the vehicle would have a fighting chance. Here is the
scene after we got out.
After that, we returned to the split with Shovel Creek
FSR and drove on Shovel Creek for 11.2 km,
which is described in the
next trip report. But the next page shows our hiking trip further on
Harrison East, which we did on Thursday. Great views are waiting for you
there, and it is probably possible to make it pretty far through the
numerous cross ditches and creek crossings in a high-clearance 4x4 or
proceed to Page 3 for the conclusion of our trip report.
ihikebc.com -> 049 Harrison East FSR
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