Distance From Vancouver:
About 130 km to the beginning of the FSR via
Highway 1 East (to Exit 135), then Highway 9 North (to
Harrison Hot Springs),
and Lillooet Avenue / Rockwell Drive.
Liked: The waterfalls and the lake
views are still there.
The road past the turn off to
Shovel Creek FSR has
been fixed (but there is now a gate at km 62). There is now a bridge
where a creek stopped us in 2011, allowing to go much further into the
wilderness without the need to cross fast-flowing water on foot.
area, no cell phone signal. The road surface is now MUCH worse than in
2011, and the potholes are numerous and large. There is now an ongoing
construction of a hydroelectric project starting at the 45 km mark and
continuing for several kilometers - you would be driving through a
construction zone, so watch out. At the 55 km mark there is now a very
bad stretch of the road for about 500 meters, which would likely stop
all low-clearance vehicles. Also, much of the area we hiked in 2011 has
been extensively logged, so the views are not as great in the later part
of the FSR.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
14 (Harrison Lake) G7.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available
for purchase at
049-Harrison East First Trip Report
- this is where we describe many other
highlights of Harrison East FSR, and provide directions for getting to
the beginning of the road.
21. Here is where we stopped in 2011 - the flow was
fast, the creek was rather deep, and there was no bridge.
49'51'618 W 121'52'323.
2011 Harrison East FSR BC Canada
22. We brought flip-flops with us in 2015 in hopes of
crossing the creek and continuing to the end of the road. But there was
no need for that - logging companies not only cut the trees, but also
build the roads which allow explorers to get this far into the
wilderness to begin with. Thank you, forestry workers!
2015 Harrison East FSR British Columbia Canada
23. Here is a comparison of a stump in the creek. 2011
2011 Creek Harrison East FSR BC Canada
2015 Creek Harrison East Forest Service Road BC Canada
25. Having crossed the bridge, we continued up
Harrison East Forest Service Road (which might actually be called Big
Silver Creek FSR at this point, but there are no signs at all about that).
Photo of Harrison East FSR BC Canada
26. Snow started to appear at the elevation of 1,020
Harrison East Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
27. And, soon, we had somewhat of a real winter around us. The
snow was easy to walk on, as the morning sun hadn't softened it yet.
Just a few hours later it became softer, though not by much.
Picture of Harrison East FSR Province of BC Canada
28. The scenery was pleasant, but not overly
impressive. So, after realizing that the road goes on for much longer
(we could see it on the other side of the valley to our left), we
decided to stop at this split and head back.
Coordinates: N 49'52'183 W
Harrison East FSR BC Canada
29. If the sun is at the right angle, on your way back
you are going to see a large glacier in full glory. But for that you
would probably need to be here early in the morning. A few hours later
all you see is this.
Glacier Seen From Harrison East FSR BC Canada
30. Lots of zoom.
Photo of Glacier Seen From Harrison East Forest Service Road BC Canada
31. We are back at the gate. The hike is over. Time to
the snowy split: 4 hours with lots of stops and a side trip. Time back
to the gate: 2.5 hours.
Locked Gate Harrison East FSR After 62nd Kilometer
32. And then we drove back through the construction
zone, and this time had enough light to take photos. This sign is posted
just before Gold Creek, so we are at about km 49 of Harrison East and
are heading back to the beginning of the FSR. After this sign, there
would be some construction going on.
Harrison East FSR Construction Warning Sign
33. After Gold Creek.
Harrison East Forest Service Road Construction
34. Between km 47 and 46. Just behind the pickup truck in the middle of
the photo, there is a tunnel on the left side.
Hydroelectric Project Harrison East FSR British Columbia Canada
35. Here it is.
Tunnel as a Part of Hydroelectric Project Harrison East Forest Service
Road British Columbia Canada
36. Zooming in.
Hydroelectric Project Harrison East FSR BC Canada
37. A bit further down the road - lots of turbines waiting to be
installed. Apparently, this is called Big Silver Creek Hydroelectric
Project - it's run-of-river project by Innergex Renewable Energy, Inc.
Here is a
news release about it from the BC Government.
Turbines for Hydroelectric Project Harrison East FSR British Columbia
38. Working camp.
Workers Camp Hydroelectric Project Harrison East Forest Service Road BC
If you haven't been to Harrison East before, this could be an
interesting trip. But the repeat value has been diminished due to all
the logging and substantially worsened road condition.