Visiting Salsbury Lake, Davis
Lake, and McDonald Falls.
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Distance From Vancouver to the Beginning of Lost Creek FSR: 90-110km
either via Highway 1 (and then Highway 11), or via Highway 7 directly
from Vancouver. To be more precise, it's 22.7 km after the intersection
of Highway 7 and Highway 11 in
Several natural views, McDonald Falls, beautiful Salsbury Lake.
Wilderness area, no cell phone signal, logging trucks on the road. This
FSR is very popular with recreational shooters, so you are quite likely
to hear numerous gunshots during your visit. On top of that,
access to Davis Lake, so, chances are, you are not going to have a quiet picnic there.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
for the Beginning of the FSR: Page 3 (Abbotsford)
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available
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21. Then, we decided to continue along Lost Creek Forest Service Road,
and tried to find Kenyon Lake, also on the left side.
Photo of Lost Creek FSR BC Canada
22. Good valley view just past the spot seen on the photo above.
Valley Seen off Lost Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
23. One more split, and we took the left road this time too. There were
other splits as well, and there were quite a few spur roads too. The key
is to stay on the main FSR, and, when it would split, take the left road
(if you want to go exactly where we ended up, of course). But, this is a
fairly confusing road, so be careful not to get lost - it's called LOST
Creek for a reason :)
Lost Creek Forest Service Road BC Canada
24. 17.8 kilometers after the start of the FSR, 2WD road ends right
after this split.
Coordinates: N 49'23'441 W 122'14'106. There is a good
parking spot just behind of where we took this photo.
End of 2WD Road Lost Creek FSR BC Canada
25. So, we started hiking by taking the left road once again. After about 30
minutes, there was another split.
Lost Creek FSR Province of BC Canada
26. Here we are taking the left road one more time.
Lost Creek FSR BC Canada
27. Ten minutes later, there is a lake view.
Coordinates: N 49'22'609 W
122'15'234. Except it's Stave Lake, not Kenyon, and there was no
apparent way of getting down to the Stave lakeshore from here. Though,
it's possible to do so from a spur road somewhere along Lost Creek FSR,
but way before this point. So, we turned around and went back.
Stave Lake Seen From Lost Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
28. While driving back, we discovered a neat
camping spot near Salsbury
Lake, just a few hundred feet before the lake access point seen in photo
Access Point to
Camping Near Salsbury Lake
coordinates for this spot are: N 49'21'539 W 122'12'916. You
could easily fit several vehicles here, and it's far enough along the FSR that you just might avoid being bothered by all the gunfire.
Camping Spot Near Salsbury Lake BC Canada
30. View to the right.
Camping Area by Salsbury Lake British Columbia Canada
31. From this
camping spot, it's about 80 meters to the lake.
Path to Salsbury Lake
32. And the lake looks almost just as good as from the spot we have
found the day before.
Salsbury Lake BC Canada
33. We spent the night at the
camping spot, and the next morning
continued in vain to search for the elusive motorized access to Davis
Lake. We started to drive out, and stopped by the bridge (also seen on
photo #7) located at the
2km point of the FSR. The
Backroad Mapbook showed McDonald Falls
nearby, but in October we could not find a path. Lo and behold, this
time the path was very obvious - right by the bridge.
Path to McDonald Falls Near Lost Creek FSR
34. We started going down through some trees.
Path to McDonald Falls BC Canada
35. And, in a few minutes, found a neat waterfall. Is this McDonald Falls?
Kind of small...
Here is Our Video of This Waterfall:
36. The path kept going down, so we followed it and found a very
interesting horizontal ex-tree.
37. And then...
38. McDonald Falls!
McDonald Falls by Lost Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
39. However, this was not all. The path kept going further, and a few
more minutes later we have found...
Davis Lake BC Canada
...yes, Davis Lake. There were loud gunfire echoes and just as loud
ATV motors, and the lake looked rather gloomy in the evening,
but that's the beauty of exploring BC's backcountry - you just never
know what you will find. BC Parks'
Official Website for Davis Lake Provincial Park indicates that
access to the lake is walk-in only, but ATVs found a way. Lost Creek FSR is recommended for gun
enthusiasts and for the view of Salsbury Lake (under the right lighting
and wind conditions).