Trip 076 - February 16, 2015 (Monday)
Clear Creek Forest Service Road to a Hot Spring
Off Harrison East FSR
In the Vicinity of Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Distance From Vancouver: About 167 kilometers: about 130 km to the beginning of the Harrison East FSR via Highway 1 East (to Exit 135), then Highway 9 North (to Harrison Hot Springs), and Lillooet Avenue / Rockwell Drive. Upon reaching Harrison East, drive for about 37 kilometers until Clear Creek FSR starts on the right side.
Liked: Two waterfalls, available hot spring, the colour of one of the hot tubs, "weeping rock" effect, several scenic mileage markers.
Of note: Remote wilderness area, no cell phone signal, quite popular due to the hot spring, the hot spring area has some garbage, including broken glass; 4x4 access only (2wd would have issues with several steep loose-surfaced hills and two or three creek crossings – may try to drive for 2 km or so before the first steep hill), many potholes on Harrison East before the turnoff to Clear Creek FSR, which is a bit better. Also, there is a hydroelectric project under construction on Harrison East past the Clear Creek FSR turnoff, so watch out for large construction vehicles.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates for the Beginning of the FSR: Page 14 (Harrison Lake) F1. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.
Related Website: Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.
Other Trips in Harrison Hot Springs area: Harrison East Forest Service Road (Second Trip), Shovel Creek Forest Service Road, Harrison East (Main) Forest Service Road, Harrison West Forest Service Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake, Chehalis Forest Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike, Harrison Hot Springs, Campbell Lake Trail Hike.
We have visited Clear Creek FSR because Backroad Mapbook indicates there is a hot spring there. Despite it being a remote area (and a workday, on top of that), we have encountered five vehicles heading to the hot spring. One can only imagine what happens on weekends. Considering the hot spring's water is piped to four tubs in close proximity to each other, as seen on the photos below, it might become quite crowded there in a hurry.
But Clear Creek FSR is a decent road to explore even without visiting the hot spring. There are two small but picturesque waterfalls along the way, as well as several attractive mileage markers. We hiked this FSR for just over 11 km en route to the hot spring, and then hiked back. Even though it was not a difficult hike, biking would be even better, as you would sweat going up several steep hills on the way to the spring, then may relax in one of the tubs, and cruise down the hills on your return trip.
For details on how to get to Harrison East FSR (from which Clear Creek FSR branches off), please visit Harrison East FSR trip report. Please, note that Harrison East now has numerous large potholes, which we did not see in 2010, so you would most likely have to drive not faster than 20-25 km/h to avoid vehicle damage. Perhaps, the road would be graded when it warms up? Also, as you are driving on Harrison East on your way to Clear Creek FSR, you would be able to see great views of Harrison Lake, as well as Rainbow Falls, making your trip to the hot spring even more worthwhile.
1. We are on Harrison East FSR with the turnoff to Clear Creek FSR seen on the right side. Coordinates: N 49'37'361 W 121'49'376.