Distance to FSR From Vancouver: Approximately 130 kilometers via
Highway 1 East. Take Exit 153 (Laidlaw Rd / Jones Lake), then drive for
1.1 kilometer to the start of the FSR.
Jones Lake views,
mountain views, several goods views from the FSR, small roadside waterfall,
camping spots by the lake, no
A very rough and badly potholed road - 40 km/h speed limit is hardly
attainable. High clearance 4x4 vehicle recommended. 2WD vehicles with
regular clearance may be fine until the washout at the 11.6 km mark
ATVs and short wheelbase high-clearance 4x4s would likely make it through. The road is popular. Logging truck traffic is possible.
Some garbage left behind by the lake.
Jones Lake Forest
Service Road is located close to the town of Hope, and leads to a
picturesque Jones (Wahleach) Lake. There are two BC Hydro campgrounds by
the lake (closed due to coronavirus COVID-19 during our visit), as well
as several non-regulated camping spots right by the lake. The road is
very rough, with numerous deep potholes. It is also fairly steep for the
first 6.5 kilometers. Its a good thing, in a way - otherwise, this
place, so close to the Lower Mainland, would be simply overrun with
people, while now only those brave enough to tackle this road can make
it to the lake.
It takes 7.5 km to get to the first campground, and
just over one kilometer more to get to the second one. After that, starting
at about the 10 km mark, there are several good unregulated lake access
points, with fine, if rocky, camping areas. Mountain views are all
around. Some garbage may be present to taint an otherwise idyllic
A washout at the
11.6 km mark of Jones Lake FSR is only passable in ATVs and short
wheelbase high-clearance 4x4 vehicles, but more erosion is inevitable
due to the active water flow. There are also some residences near the
lake. A note at the start of Jones Lake FSR, as well as by the first
campground, states that the FSR will be closed between September 14th
and October 9th, 2020, due to road repairs at the 6.0 and 7.4
km, with no vehicle access at each location.
Zero your odometer at the Jones Lake FSR sign seen
in photo #5, if you want to follow the table of the points of interest.
There are good mileage markers too, but they are off by 200-400 meters
Small waterfall (photo #10 below)
T-Junction: Lorenzeta FSR (L),
Jones Lake FSR (R)
Small waterfall (mostly
obstructed by vegetation)
Jones Lake West FSR & BC Hydro
Recreation Area #1
BC Hydro Recreation Area #2
Jones Lake East FSR (gated)
Several unregulated lake access
1. We are Eastbound on TransCanada
Highway 1, approximately 130 kilometers East of Vancouver, and are
approaching Exit 153 (Laidlaw Rd / Jones Lake). Hope is about 16
kilometers further East.
TransCanada Highway 1 East near Exit 153 Laidlaw Rd/Jones Lake
2. Now taking Exit 153. Make a right
turn onto Laidlaw Road after the exit.
Exit 153 Jones Lake/Laidlaw Road near Hope BC
3. About 800 meters after making the
right turn, make another right turn onto the gravel road after crossing
the bridge seen below.
Laidlaw Road near Hope British Columbia
4. Here is that gravel road.
Laidlaw Road British Columbia
5. Having made the right turn onto
the gravel road, you reach the start of Jones Lake FSR, 1.1 km after
exiting Highway 1. Coordinates:
N 49⁰18.772 W 121⁰37.476. Elevation:
21 meters. The road climbs to about 650 meters above the sea level, prior to
levelling, more or less. Zero your odometer at the FSR
sign, if you want to follow the table of points of interest above.
Jones Lake FSR Start
6. The first two kilometers of Jones
Creek Forest Service Road are especially steep and rough, with several
Jones Lake Forest Service Road
7. And the first good view arrives at
the 1.2 km mark.
View from Jones Lake FSR near Laidlaw BC
8. Here is Jones Lake FSR at the 1.9
km mark, closer to the end of the initial quite steep and rough stretch.
The rest of the road is by no means an autobahn, but a bit better,
Jones Lake FSR near Hope BC Canada
9. There are several logged areas
along Jones Lake FSR, and logging truck traffic should be expected.
Logging trucks have a priority on all FSRs.
Logged Area by Jones Lake Forest Service Road
10. A small but fairly picturesque
waterfall is on the left side at the 2.4 km mark, about 100 meters past
the logged area seen above.
Jones Lake FSR Waterfall
Here is our video of the
11. Jones Lake Forest Service Road
after the waterfall.
Jones Lake FSR
12. There is a T-junction at the 2.6
km mark. Lorenzeta FSR is to the left, and Jones Lake FSR continues to
Jones Lake FSR / Lorenzeta FSR Split
13. Jones Lake FSR after the
Jones Lake Forest Service Road near Hope British Columbia Canada
14. A good view at the 3.9 km mark.
View from Jones Lake FSR near Laidlaw BC Canada
15. View of a creek from the bridge
at the 4.0 km mark.
Creek across Jones Lake FSR
16. Now at 4.1 km of Jones Creek
Forest Service Road near Hope BC.
Jones Lake Forest Service Road
17. Approaching BC Hydro Recreation
Area at the 7.5 km mark of Jones Lake FSR.
Jones Lake FSR near Hope BC
18. Here it is, on the right side.
Closed today due to coronavirus COVID-19. Jones Lake West FSR starts
Jones Lake-West FSR Start and BC Hydro Jones Lake Recreation Area
19. We carried on, and here is a
view from a small bridge at the 9.0 km mark.
View from Jones Lake FSR near Hope BC
20. There is a note (seen at the
bottom left corner) at the 9.7 km mark, advising of active logging
Monday-Friday, and requesting not to park vehicles from 9 to 12 km. We
have not observed any logging trucks (there was an excavator heading to
Jones Lake East FSR, though), and some folks did park their vehicles
between 9 and 12 km. Perhaps, an old note? But, still, heads up.
Jones Lake Forest Service Road
21. Despite closed BC Hydro recreation areas, there are several unregulated
camping spots by Jones Lake, with access starting at about 10 km mark of the
FSR. Here is one.
Jones Lake seen from Jones Lake FSR
22-24. Jones Lake is quite pretty. Looking left to right from the spot accessed
as seen above.
25. Apparently, this is Foley Glacier. Zoomed view.
Foley Glacier above Jones Lake
26. Camping by Jones Lake.
Jones Lake Camping near Hope BC Canada
27. A very large camping area, suitable for dozens of vehicles, is at the 10.3
km of Jones Lake FSR.
Jones Lake FSR at Jones Lake near Hope BC
28. Looking right.
Jones Lake Camping Area
29. There is this tricky spot at the 10.5 km mark - be careful due to roadway
dropping off substantially on both sides before and after the pipe.
Jones Lake FSR Rough Spot
30. And here are the vehicles which parked between the 9 and 12 km of the FSR,
at the 11.5 km mark.
Jones Lake Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
31. Chances are, there are no logging trucks running here - just look at this
washout 100 meters later.
Jones Lake FSR Washout
32. The camera can't reflect the actual depth, but there is a quite a drop there
- definitely only for ATVs and high-clearance short wheelbase 4x4s. This is
obviously going to only get worse, with this creek flowing here.