Off BC Highway 16 West of Vanderhoof. Near Fraser Lake.
Trailhead Location: Off BC Highway 16 by Fraser Lake. Five
kilometers East of Dry Williams Lake rest area.
from the Keith Henson viewpoint, several natural views, climbing the
lookout tower, no bugs.
Steep drop-off at the Keith Henson viewpoint, very windy on top
of the lookout tower.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trail
Page 9 (Fraser Lake) D1-D2.
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Backroad Mapbook lists this as a Fraser Mountain trail, and shows the
trailhead right by Highway 16 a few hundred meters prior to Fraser
Mountain Road. In reality, you may either hike from Highway 16, or drive
on Fraser Mountain Road as far as your vehicle may get you, and then
hike the rest of the way to the lookout tower, which is what we did.
1. We are Eastbound on BC Highway 16, with Fraser Mountain Road turnoff
seen ahead on the right. It is located just before a bridge, and exactly
five kilometers past Dry Williams Lake rest area.
Coordinates for the
turnoff: N 54'03'388 W 124'37'050. Elevation: 686 meters.
BC Highway 16 East at Fraser Mountain Road Turnoff
2. Now on Fraser Mountain Road.
Fraser Mountain Road near Fraser Lake British Columbia Canada
3. Two and a half kilometers after the turnoff from Highway 16, Henson
Road would appear on the left side. Keep going straight.
Fraser Mountain Road at Henson Road off BC Highway 16
4. At the 3.7 km mark, smooth gravel road ends. There are two right
turns there (one after another). Take the second right turn, as the
first turn, (as well as a left turn) leads to a private residence. On
the photo below there is the second right turn and a left turn. The road
deteriorates substantially after the right turn, and low-clearance
vehicles may have to stop here.
Fraser Mountain Road by Fraser Lake British Columbia Canada
5. At the 5.2 km mark, there is a cross-ditch (pictured on photo #6),
which we decided not to cross, backed up for several hundred meters, and
parked at this spot - 4.9 km from the Highway 16 turnoff.
for the parking spot: N 54'02'368 W 124'35'397. Elevation: 862 meters.
6. Here is that cross-ditch. It's deeper than it looks.
7. It turned out to be a good idea not to drive any further, since, a
few minutes after we started hiking, we encountered this serious water
bar, which would have stopped our vehicle for sure.
8. It turned out to be a very pleasant hike. It was warm and quiet.
There were good views and no bugs.
9. Twenty minutes after the start of the hike, there was this turnoff.
10. A short road with several fallen trees lead to...
11...a great valley view.
Coordinates for the viewpoint: N 54'02'458 W
124'35'950. Elevation: 952 meters.
Valley View off Fraser Mountain Road by Fraser Lake BC Canada
12. This viewpoint is dedicated to Keith Henson.
13. A line from the Scriptures at the viewpoint.
14. And a table with eagle art.
15. Be careful, as there is a very steep drop-off at the viewpoint.
Though, thoughtful people installed solar-charged marker lamps to
16. We are back on Fraser Mountain Road.
17. Thirty-five minutes past Keith Henson viewpoint turnoff, we have
reached our destination on top of Fraser Mountain.
18. There was a lot of communication equipment...
19. ...and an abandoned lookout tower.
Coordinates for the top of the
tower: N 54'01'733 W 124'37'394. Elevation: 1,145 meters.
Lookout Tower by Fraser Mountain Road near Fraser Lake BC Canada
20. This tower is not nearly as cool as the one on
Mountain, which is preserved in its original condition. Fraser
Mountain lookout is completely empty of anything - just bare walls and
windowless frames. The views are fairly good, though.
21. One more. It's quite windy on top of the tower.
22. A small lake seen from the tower.
23. Time to go down.
24. The tower is in a good shape.
25. A neat view on the way back.
View from Fraser Mountain Road near Fraser Lake British Columbia
If you have an
ATV or a capable 4x4, it is possible to
drive on Fraser Mountain Road all the way to the tower. Otherwise, it's
a rather short but pleasant hike with several fine views.