Distance From Vancouver: About 188 km to the beginning of the FSR via
Highway 1 East (to Exit 135), then Highway 9 North (to
Harrison Hot Springs),
then Lillooet Avenue / Rockwell Drive to
Harrison East Main FSR, and then Harrison
East Main FSR for 58.4 km.
Several fine views, especially from the spur road.
Of note: Remote wilderness area with no
people around for possibly many days, no cell phone coverage, aggressive
mosquitoes, the road is badly overgrown in several places, several long
rather steep grades with loose surface, two deteriorating bridges
(scheduled to be replaced by November of 2011).
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Coordinates: Page 25 (Nahatlatch
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Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.
Other Trips in Harrison Hot Springs area:
Harrison East Forest
Service Road (Second Trip),
Clear Creek Forest
Service Road (off Harrison East FSR),
Harrison East (Main) Forest
Service Road, Harrison West Forest Service
Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake,
Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike,
Harrison Hot Springs,
Campbell Lake Trail
Other Forest Service Roads Trips:
Chilliwack Foley, Chilliwack
Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George),
(off Harrison East), Harrison
Harrison East Second Trip,
(by Mission), Parsnip
West (by Mackenzie),
Creek (by Hope),
Squamish River Main,
Squamish River Ashlu,
Squamish River E-Main,
Squamish River FSR
Windfall Creek (by Tumbler Ridge).
We drove on
Harrison East Forest Service
Road for 58.4 km, and arrived to the beginning of Shovel Creek FSR.
We then traveled on Shovel Creek FSR to 11.2 mark, where the road became
too narrow, and there was threat of scratching our ride with large stones.
We then turned around and went back to a large
camping spot. The next
morning, we hiked a short unnamed spur road, which lead to several fine
views of the valley below.
Please, note that en route to the 11.2 km mark
you would encounter two deteriorating bridges, which have a 4,500 kg GVW
load each, and are scheduled to be replaced by November of 2011.
Also, there is a large hole in
the middle of the road at the 5.7 km mark - major vehicle damage hazard.
Here is the table of points of
interest along Shovel Creek FSR (up to 11.2 km mark). Zero your odometer at the sign seen on
the photo #2 below.
||Small waterfall off the bridge
||Deteriorating bridge (4,500 kg
||Unknown FSR (blocked off) -
- Big Hole in the Ground
||Deteriorating bridge (4,500 kg
||Debris on the road - scratching
1. We are at the 58.4 km mark of Harrison East Main Forest
Service Road, where it splits with Harrison East - Shovel Creek FSR (seen on the right
2. The beginning of Shovel Creek FSR.
Shovel Creek Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
3. Looking left from the bridge seen on the photo
4. Shovel Creek FSR has several long climbs. They are
not very steep, but the surface is loose enough to keep our vehicle moving
Shovel Creek FSR Province of BC Canada
5. Deteriorating bridge at the 2.9 km mark. 4,500 kg
6. View from the bridge.
7. There is a large
camping area at the 4.9 km mark,
where we spent two peaceful nights. The only noise came from a large
waterfall on the other side of the valley.
Camping Area on Shovel Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
Be very careful at the 5.7 km mark, as
there is a large hole in the ground.
Right now, the hole is indicated by stones and flagging tape, but that
may not be there forever, as the hole can get bigger.
9. A jaw-dropping sight arrives at 7.2 km, as there is
a badly busted camper resting on the side of the road.
Busted Camper on Shovel Creek Forest Service Road Province of BC Canada
10. It is hard to tell what happened here. It looks
like a huge stone fell from the sky and struck the side of the camper.
But, most likely, it was somehow rolled.
Busted Camper on Shovel Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
11. The end of our forward progress came at 11.2 km.
Looks like there was a slide here, and then the debris was somewhat
cleared, but the road could be too narrow for my wide ride, and I did not
feel like scratching the sides against the large boulders lying there.
So, turned around and drove back to the
camping area seen in photo #7.
According to the
Backroad Mapbook, Shovel Creek FSR soon becomes Kookipi
Creek FSR, and goes for many kilometers until it joins Nahatlatch River
Shovel Creek Forest Service Road BC Canada
12. The next day, we walked up the road for 600 meters
to an unknown FSR. The photo below shows the turn off at the 5.5 km mark
of Shovel Creek FSR.
13. This FSR is solidly blocked, so hiking (or biking)
are the only options.
14. Five minutes later, you are crossing a creek and
admiring this mini waterfall.
15. Then, you would go through some badly overgrown
stretches, steadily gaining altitude. Twenty five minutes after crossing
the creek, another mini falls on the side of the road.
16. And, pretty much right away after that, far in the distance
(other side of the valley) you see what could be Granite Falls, as
indicated by the
Backroad Mapbook. This waterfall is the one making distant
noise as you are
camping on Shovel Creek FSR at the 4.9 km mark. There
is an obvious FSR leading to Granite Falls, but the next day I just
could not find its entrance off Harrison East shortly after the split
with Shovel Creek FSR.
17. The valley had been logged a few years ago. Thank
you for the roads, forestry workers!
18. Looking left we see an impressive valley.
19. The end of this unnamed FSR comes about an hour
after the start.
Overall, Shovel Creek FSR is interesting to explore,
and hiking up the unnamed FSR is a good side trip.
ihikebc.com -> 050 Shovel Creek FSR (off Harrison East)