Trip 069 - August 26, 2014 (Tuesday)
Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road
Near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Liked: The granite wall, the waterfall, several mountain views, Foley Lake.
Of note: Contrary to
Chilliwack Bench FSR, Chilliwack Foley is a rough road, though still
passable in a 2WD vehicle (in dry conditions, anyway) all the way to
Foley Lake. There was too much garbage at Foley Lake, which is fairly
Other Trips in Chilliwack Area: Mount Cheam Peak Trail Hike, Ling Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road, Elk-Thurston Trail Hike, Slesse Memorial Trail Hike, Downtown Chilliwack BC Visit, Chilliwack River Forest Service Road, Radium Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC, Town of Agassiz BC, Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.
Other Forest Service Roads Trips: Chehalis (by Harrison Mills), Chilliwack Bench, Chilliwack Lake, Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George), Clear Creek (off Harrison East), Harrison East, Harrison East Second Trip, Harrison West, Lost Creek (by Mission), Parsnip West (by Mackenzie), Shovel Creek (off Harrison East), Sowaqua Creek (by Hope), Squamish River Main, Squamish River Ashlu, Squamish River E-Main, Squamish River FSR Washout, Windfall Creek (by Tumbler Ridge).
Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road leads to Foley Lake, as well as Ling Lake trail. It has some nice views, but will slow you down to crawl in some places due to potholes and general rough state of the road.
If you zero your trip odometer at the 3-way intersection seen on photo #1, here are the approximate distances to various attractions along the way:
1. This area is slightly complicated as far as which FSR is where. Chilliwack Bench, Chilliwack Foley, and Chilliwack Chipmunk Forest Service Roads all begin and end nearby. But, as far as we understood it, at this particular spot Chilliwack Chipmunk meets Chilliwack Foley. So, at the photo below we are at a 3-way intersection and are facing South. There is nothing but trees and shrubs behind us (North) - no road there of any kind. Straight ahead (South) is Chilliwack Foley FSR (2 km later it ends at Chilliwack Lake Road). To the left (East) is also Chilliwack Foley, and it is this particular stretch of the road that we cover in the trip report below. And to the right (West) is Chilliwack Chipmunk, which 1.9 km later meets with Chilliwack Bench, covered in our previous trip report.
9. A closer look.
10. The last steep stretch before the lake.
11. Foley Lake. Pretty. Popular. Lots of garbage on the shore.
12. Zooming in.
13. Looking to the left.
14. A log sticking out of the lake.
15. Another log - resembles some animal.
16. Then, we continued on Chilliwack Foley FSR. Still near the lake there is a split where the main FSR is on the right (and a sign states "Ling Lake Trail"), while on the left side there is a spur road which goes for a bit longer. We will explore the "Ling Lake Trail" part in the next trip report. For the time being, we took the road on the left.
17. We didn't go too far, but went far enough to find a few cross-ditches. So, a 4WD can make it, but a 2WD better not go any further than the split seen on the photo above. This particular cross-ditch doesn't look too bad, but it does get worse further down the road.
18. Later on, you get to see this mountain.
19. A closer look.
20. Then, we reached this bridge about fifteen minutes after the road split, and went back shortly thereafter. The road does continue for a bit longer, according to the Backroad Mapbook.
21. Another good view to wrap up our trip report.
Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road is rough, but leads to several good views and, also, to Foley Lake. We will continue further on this road in our next trip report, by taking the right turn en route to look for the elusive Ling Lake trail.
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