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.
boots, trekking poles, and sun protection
(if it is sunny) are highly recommended for the hiking part of Harrison
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
for purchase at
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.
Harrison East Forest Service Road at Shovel Creek FSR Province of
British Columbia Canada
36. About fifteen minutes into
the hike you get to see this neat waterfall on the right side.
Harrison East FSR Waterfall BC Canada
37. The best part is that, if you
have trekking poles and hiking
boots, it is quite possible to hop on the
stones, overcome the fast flowing creek's assault, and get to see this
beauty up close and personal. This is
Falls-light without the crowds.
Waterfall on Harrison East Forest Service Road Province of BC Canada
38. The clouds were hanging low
on this day, and in sunny weather the views should be even better.
39. But even with this cloud
cover, large hills looked impressive.
40. Just over an hour after the
waterfall, you cross a bridge over Big Silver Creek. The
actually calls this FSR "Big Silver Main FSR," but there is a sign after
the split of Harrison East FSR with Shovel Creek FSR which says
"Harrison East FSR," so we'll call it Harrison East, then.
Big Silver Creek Harrison East Forest Service Road Province of BC Canada
41. A few minutes after crossing
Big Silver Creek there is a split. Stay right. This stone view is your
reward less than 10 minutes later.
42. Soon after that the area
opens up, and you are no longer walking in a forest, but, rather, in a
small valley of sorts.
43. This is a very unusual
waterfall, in that you would expect the stones to fall down, but they
44. About 30 minutes after
crossing Big Silver Creek, there is yet another split. Take the left
road this time. But if you turn right, you would not go far, and would
discover a very well-done picnic/camping area.
45. Right behind that there is a
creek, and what appears to be a missing bridge(?).
46. So, we returned to the split
and took the left road. You are back in the forest now.
47. There are several small
waterfalls on the left side of the road, this being one.
48. Approximately 25 minutes
after taking the left road, you reach the most impressive part of the
hike - the mountains are all around and waterfalls are everywhere. Here
is the best one.
52. In this part of the hike,
you would need to cross several fairly wide creeks, and without trekking
poles this task would be very difficult. Eventually, though, you would
reach this creek/river, which is too wide to cross without getting your
feet wet. So, we stopped right here and went back. Backroad Mapbook
showed less than a kilometer of Harrison East FSR remaining.
53. Yeah, too wide.
54. But nice view.
It took us much longer to walk
forward while taking all the photos, than to walk back, which took 2.5
hours. If you plan on repeating this hike, budget for 6-7 hours at a
fairly brisk pace. This is one of the best hikes we have done, and it
comes highly recommended due to an easy road lacking any major grades,
and, especially, for the great views it offers.