Distance From Vancouver:
About 99 km - 65 km via Highway 99 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) Coordinates
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
21 (Phantom Lake) G2.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Squamish District FSR Conditions.
066 - Squamish
River FSR Ashlu Main Second Trip.
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Squamish River Forest
Service Road 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 Forest
Service Road E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls,
Squamish River Forest Service
Road, Squamish Valley
Road, Railway Heritage
Park, Downtown Squamish BC,
Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.
19. At the 4.0 km mark, there is
a good view of Ashlu River.
20. Also at this spot, there is
this very interesting device to warn kayakers of rapidly rising waters
due to the discharge from a dam upstream.
Kayaker Warning Device Ashlu Main FSR British Columbia Canada
21. At 6.7 km, there is an
unmarked road split. To the right is Ashlu Main. To the left/straight is
A-600 branch road. We went straight/left here to explore A-600.
Ashlu Main and A-600 FSR Split Squamish River FSR Province of BC Canada
22. A-600 2wd road ends at 8.8
km. The road narrows and becomes very rough. There is a turnoff to the
dam there too, and the dam itself is easy to see, but the best view is
from Ashlu Main. Here is the narrowing of A-600.
A-600 Squamish Forest Service Road
23. Looking the other way.
Straight ahead is where we drove from, and to the left is the turnoff to
24. And so we parked right here
and started walking down the narrow part of A-600. In about ten minutes,
this busted tractor would stop everything except bicycles and walkers.
25. And, about ten minutes
later, A-600 ends where several badly trashed buildings are standing in
a picturesque setting.
26. According to the
Mapbook, Osprey Mines used to be located in this area. We did not find
any mines here.
27. But sure found lots of
28. No more dining in here.
29. After visiting A-600, we
returned to the road split seen in photo #22, and turned onto Ashlu
Main. Very soon we encountered a mini quarry by the roadside.
Stone Quarry Ashlu Main FSR British Columbia Canada
30. Nice stones.
31. A few minutes later, you are
crossing a small river. Good views from the bridge.
32. Less than 2 km after the
split with A-600, Ashlu Main 2wd road ends with a view of a dam. On the
other side of the river you see a road which very shortly comes to a
point seen in photo #24.
Ashlu FSR Dam Province of British Columbia Canada
33. And so we parked right here,
and started walking on Ashlu Main. The road became narrow and rough in
several areas, though mostly it was in decent shape, probably because
very few people drive here.
Squamish River Forest Service Road - Ashlu Main - BC Canada
34. It is a pleasant walk on a
hot day due to all the shade. The only problem - you do not see much.
Just the trees. A bicycle or an
ATV would be very good here.
35. The first decent view comes
more than an hour into the walk - there is a small bridge and a fairly
impressive waterfall there. Be very careful
when checking out the creek on the other side of the bridge
- the small log serving to keep you from falling
into that fast flowing stone-filled creek could be slippery from the
waterfall's moisture, and, if you decide to step on that log to get a
better photo of the creek below, it might not end well.
Waterfall off Ashlu Main FSR Province of British Columbia Canada
36. And then we walked for
another 45 minutes with just glimpses of mountains here and there, but
not much else. The reason for such persistent walking was because a guy
we encountered on A-600 earlier in the day said that some days ago he
ATV on Ashlu Main all the way to a washed out bridge, and saw
some decent views. However, it was getting late in the day, and it was
time to have a break and head back. Just when we were going to return
while seen nothing impressive, there was a split on the road. As the
river was heard on the left, this is where we turned.
37. Several minutes later, we
encountered a badly worn-out bridge. Logging trucks haven't been here in
decades, it seems.
38. The worst part about having
a meal break on this bridge were the flies, which decided to have me as
THEIR meal break. The best part was this view, which made the whole
walking trip (somewhat) worthwhile.
In conclusion, Ashlu Main is not
the most impressive of all the other major Squamish River Forest Service
Roads, but it is a fairly smooth road, it has its attractions, and
having a free campsite by Squamish River does not hurt either.
2014 Update: find out what we
discovered during our
Ashlu Main Trip
ihikebc.com -> 053 Squamish River FSR Ashlu Main
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