Distance From Vancouver:
About 108 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. Drive for
another 6.7 kilometers until a split - take the road on the right. Less
than two kilometers later you would reach Ashlu Dam View (in photo #1),
which would be the end of 2WD road.
The great view at the end. The road is in a fairly decent shape
Of note: Remote wilderness
area. No cell phone signal. Grizzly bears in the vicinity. Creek
crossing required. There isn't much to see until you reach the end of
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
21 (Phantom Lake) G2.
We have already hiked Ashlu Main FSR just over three
years ago. Check
out that trip report for detailed directions to the Ashlu Dam
view, which would be the beginning of this hike. So, this year we
decided to go further because three years ago someone told us there was
a great view on that road, which we did not see the last time due to not
hiking far enough. It is possible to drive on this part of Ashlu Main
all the way to the dilapidated bridge close to the final destination of
our hike, though check out photo #3.
1. A photo from 2011 shows Ashlu Dam View, the
beginning of our hike.
Coordinates: N 49⁰56.147' W 123⁰22.716'. This is by
far the best view of the hike until...well, stay tuned :)
Ashlu River Dam Squamish River FSR Ashlu-Main British Columbia Canada
2. It's fairly easy to hike on this road - the surface
is sturdy, and the road is wide. There are many uphill stretches, but
they are not too steep. Biking on this road should be quite good as
Squamish River A-Main FSR BC Canada
3. Half an hour into the hike, your main challenge
awaits - a creek just wide and deep enough to make it impossible to
cross without getting your feet wet. We took off the
boots and then dried
the feet on the other side. But check out the sign on the right side -
it says: "The Ashlu Forest Service Road is closed beyond this point to
all motorized vehicles between April 1 and June 15 to reduce disturbance
to grizzly bears."
Creek Crossing Squamish River Ashlu-Main Forest Service Road
4. Nice river view a bit further down the road. Slight
River View Squamish River Ashlu-Main FSR BC Canada
5. Fifteen minutes later, a small but powerful
waterfall appears on your right.
Waterfall Squamish River A-Main Forest Service Road
6. A closer look at the waterfall.
Photo of a Waterfall Squamish River A-Main FSR British Columbia
7. Continuing on Squamish River Ashlu Main FSR.
Squamish River A-Main FSR BC Canada
8. Forty-five minutes after the waterfall, you would
reach this split, where straight ahead is A-1000 road, and to the left
is Ashlu Main.
Coordinates: N 49⁰58.672' W 123⁰29.374'. We turned left,
just like three years ago.
A-Main Split with A-1000 Squamish River Forest Service Road
9. And, shortly thereafter, this old bridge will offer
good river views.
Dilapidated Bridge Squamish River Ashlu-Main FSR BC Canada
10. This bridge looked slightly better three years ago, but still feels
sturdy enough for crossing on foot.
Picture of an Old Bridge Squamish River A-Main Forest Service Road
11. River view from the bridge.
River View Squamish River A-Main FSR BC Canada
Here is our video of the views from this location:
12. Moving on.
Squamish River A-Main Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
13. Three years ago we turned around at the bridge
seen in the photos above. Today, we went ten minutes further and saw
Squamish River A-Main FSR River View
14. A closer look.
15. But the main attraction is on the other side.
Beautiful Gorge Squamish River A-Main FSR BC Canada
16. Zooming in.
Photo of a Gorge Squamish River A-Main Forest Service Road
Here is our video of the gorge and the surrounding area: