Distance From Vancouver:
About 99 km - 65 km via Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North to
Squamish Adventure Centre, then keep driving straight on Highway 99 and
turn left onto Squamish Valley Road 9.6 km later, then drive for 23 km
to Squamish River FSR, and turn left onto Ashlu Main 1.2 km after that.
Decent road surface until the end of 2wd road for
both Ashlu Main and A-600 branch road, several good natural views, dam
view (Ashlu Main), shadow in the forest while walking on both Ashlu Main
Not too many mosquitoes but numerous
annoying flies, very few views while walking on Ashlu Main for several
hours past the dam (where the 2wd road ends).
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
21 (Phantom Lake) G2.
Squamish District FSR Conditions.
066 - Squamish
River FSR Ashlu Main Second Trip.
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Panorama Ridge Trail,
Squamish River FSR Washout,
Mamquam Lake Trail Hike,
FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip),
Second Trip to Crooked
Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike,
Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit,
Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi
Provincial Park), Squamish River FSR E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls,
Squamish River FSR, Squamish Valley
Road, Railway Heritage
Park, Downtown Squamish BC,
Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.
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), Shovel
Creek (off Harrison East),
Creek (by Hope),
Windfall Creek (by Tumbler Ridge).
We have previously visited the rest of the main
branches of Squamish River Forest Service Road (S-Main
E-Main), and this
time we checked out the remaining A-Main (Ashlu) FSR. It was not nearly
as picturesque as the rest of the FSRs. However, we checked just a bit
of A-Main FSR, as the 2wd road ends very soon, and then you either need
to have a bicycle, or
ATV (better), or walk. We
walked for a few hours, saw almost no good views past the end of the 2wd
road, turned around and went
back. That said, there were still good views to be had along the 2wd road, including on A-600
For those interested in
camping, there is a
free campground by Squamish River just after you cross the bridge after
turning onto Ashlu FSR. The photos of that are below. There are also
camping spots along Ashlu Main and A-600.
2014 Update: find out what we
discovered during our
Ashlu Main Trip
1. The directions to Ashlu Main
from Vancouver are as follows. Take Highway 1 and drive West to Highway
99 (Sea-to-Sky). Then drive to
Squamish. Here we are in Squamish near Squamish Adventure Centre
(seen on the right side).
BC Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) Near Squamish Adventure Centre
2. Having passed the Squamish
Adventure Centre, keep driving for almost ten more kilometers North.
Lots of good views.
Highway 99 North (Sea-to-Sky) in Squamish British Columbia Canada
3. At the 9.6 km mark past Squamish Adventure Centre,
turn left onto Squamish Valley Road. Turning right at this intersection
would lead to
Alice Lake Provincial Park.
Highway 99 at Squamish Valley Road Province of BC Canada
4. Then, drive on Squamish Valley Road for
the next 22 kilometers. Our more detailed coverage of this road is
here (two very
impressive glaciers are down that way).
Squamish Valley Road British Columbia Canada
5. Cross a bridge at the 13 km mark of
Squamish Valley Road, and then there is a split.
Stay left, as on the right side is the beginning of Paradise
Paradise Valley Road at Squamish Valley Road BC Canada
6. After the split pictured
above, Squamish Valley Road is very winding with limited passing opportunities, and caution is needed. Close
to 23 km after turning left from Highway 99, the asphalt ends, and
Squamish River Forest Service Road begins.
Squamish River Forest Service Road
7. Just 1.2 km later, turn left
onto Ashlu Main FSR (the turnoff is seen in the photo below). Going straight is S-Main, and further ahead on
S-Main are turnoffs to G-Main and E-Main.
Ashlu Main Split with Squamish River Forest Service Road Province of BC
8. Upon turning left, you are crossing this bridge
across Squamish River.
Bridge Across Squamish River - Ashlu Main FSR
9. The view from the bridge. Looking right.
Squamish River Province of British Columbia Canada
10. Very soon after crossing the bridge, there is a
free campground with nine pads. No services, no garbage removal. Two pit
toilets, but no toilet paper provided. A small beach is there too. This
is called Riverside Recreation Site.
Entrance to Free
at Ashlu Main Forest Service Road
11. Here is the map of Riverside Recreation Site.
Squamish Riverside Campsite Map
12. One of the pads. This is a typical pad for a
camping site: a table, a fire ring, and some flat surface. Just what a
camper needs. And no
camping fees too :) And a river nearby. If all the
pads are taken when you come, just drive further on Ashlu and find a
flat spot on the side - there are a few.
at Squamish Riverside Campsite off Ashlu Main FSR Province
13. The map shows a good beach access. But there was
camping near the beach access, and we did not want to disturb
them. So, we found another access, more suitable for a gymnast, as it
requires a balancing act.
14. But then you are rewarded with a decent sand beach
with good views.
Beach at the Squamish Riverside Free Campsite
15. Looking the other way.
Squamish River seen from the Free Campsite off Ashlu Main Forest Service
Road Province of BC Canada
16. And check this out - someone had collected the
broken glass. Thank you!
17. Now we are going further on Ashlu Main. 2.4 km
after turning onto Ashlu from Squamish River FSR S-Main, on the left
side you see a branching road. This is where
Sigurd Creek / Sigurd Peak
trail begins. It is a challenging trail, and it leads to a very
impressive waterfall. Or, you can proceed to the Sigurd peak, but that
trail is very tough. We will describe all of that in our next trip
Ashlu Main FSR at Sigurd Creek Trailhead
18. At 2.7 km, there is a powerhouse. A dam is further
down the road.
Ashlu FSR Powerhouse
On the next page, we will explore A-600 branch road
with its old bullet-ridden buildings, as well as hike down Ashlu Main
past the end of the 2wd road.
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