Trip 049 - July 19 and 21, 2011 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Harrison East Forest Service Road Trip - Page 3
To about 68 km mark, somewhat close to the end of the road
Big changes for Harrison East - click here for 2015 trip report
Liked: 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. Hiking boots, trekking poles, and sun protection (if it is sunny) are highly recommended for the hiking part of Harrison East FSR.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates 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 for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.
Related Website: Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.
Subsequent Trip: 077 - Harrison East FSR Second Trip.
Other Trips in Harrison Hot Springs area: Clear Creek Forest Service Road (off Harrison East FSR), Shovel Creek Forest Service Road, Harrison West Forest Service Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake, Chehalis Forest Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike, Harrison Hot Springs, Campbell Lake Trail Hike.
Other Forest Service Roads Trips: Chehalis (by Harrison Mills), Chilliwack Bench, Chilliwack Foley, Chilliwack Lake, Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George), Clear Creek (off Harrison East), Harrison East Second Trip, Harrison West, Lost Creek (by Mission), Parsnip West (by Mackenzie), Shovel Creek (off Harrison East), Sowaqua Creek (by Hope), Squamish River Main, Squamish River Ashlu, Squamish River E-Main, Squamish River FSR Washout, 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 this 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.
35. Having spent Wednesday exploring Shovel Creek FSR (described in the next trip report), we returned to Harrison East split with Shovel Creek (58.4 km mark of Harrison East FSR), and decided to hike on Harrison East past the cross ditches we did not cross in our vehicle two days earlier. Harrison East is on the left side on the photo below. If you have a high-clearance 4x4 or an ATV, you just might be able to drive this hike all the way to the end.
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