Scuzzy FSR Start Location:
At the end of Green Ranch Road in Boston Bar area, 4.9 km
from Trans-Canada Highway 1.
Several fine natural views, a mini-waterfall, lots of shade, few bugs.
The road is impassable past the 7.5 km mark (except for hikers),
wilderness area, numerous washouts / rockfalls / fallen trees, a small
creek crossing is required (wading might be necessary), a long-sleeve
shirt, long pants, as well as hiking poles and boots are essential.
Scuzzy Forest Service Road runs along Scuzzy Creek, and
is located off Highway 1 near Boston Bar, approximately 215 km East of
Vancouver and 65 km East of Hope. Up to the 7.2 km mark, Scuzzy FSR is
in decent shape (some potholes here and there), and is suitable for all
vehicles with regular clearance (2WD - ok). There is a very nice large
flat area at 7.2 km, with huge man-made stone dikes/barriers against the
creek. This is where the road just about ends for all vehicles. Another
200 meters of rough driving can be done, and then the first of many
washouts would prevent all but hikers from going forward.
Exploring Scuzzy FSR past the washout is an interesting,
if rather view-deficient adventure. We hiked for about 7 km (one way)
past the first washout, found (after much looking) a split between
Scuzzy North FSR and Scuzzy South FSR, discovered an intriguing locked
gate preventing any vehicles (which would make it up to there in the
past) from going any further on Scuzzy North, and found out that Scuzzy
South has a washed out bridge and is getting badly overgrown.
We stopped at Scuzzy Creek at the location of a washed
out bridge (which is still chilling in the creek nearby), had a lunch,
and headed back. Aside from one decent natural view and a small
cascading waterfall, there wasn't much to see, but it was a good way to
explore a (mostly?) abandoned forest service road.
Scuzzy Creek Recreation Site, located about 2.5 km from
the start of the hike (9.7 km from the start of the FSR) appears to be
intact, but a bridge connecting Scuzzy FSR to the recreation site had
been destroyed, so you would need to wade across Scuzzy Creek to get
1. Here is a Google Maps location of Green Ranch Road in
Boston Bar, which leads to Scuzzy Forest Service Road.
2. We are now on Chaumox Road in Boston Bar, about to
cross a rail track. For directions on getting up to this point from
Highway 1 in Boston Bar, check out our
trip report. This is the same photo as photo #9 of that trip report.
Chaumox Road Boston Bar BC
3. After the track crossing (which is 1.7 km from Highway
1), make an immediate left turn onto Green Ranch Road. Going straight
would be the continuation of Chaumox Road, which, eventually, leads to
Nahatlatch FSR. Here we are on Green Ranch Road after making that left
Green Ranch Road Boston Bar BC
4. We have reached the start of Scuzzy FSR 3.2 km after
turning onto Green Ranch Road (and 4.9 km after turning from Highway 1). Coordinates:
Elevation: 215 meters.
The odometer got zeroed at this point.
Scuzzy FSR start
5. Scuzzy FSR is in decent shape until the 7.2 km mark,
occasional potholes notwithstanding. There are several good views on
this stretch too, including the one below at the 5.5 km mark of the FSR.
Scuzzy Forest Service Road
6. At 6.6 km, there is a sturdy bridge across Scuzzy
Scuzzy FSR in Boston Bar BC area
7. And, about 600 meters later, the good road ends at
this large camping spot. Coordinates:
Elevation: 325 meters. We are looking back here, and the red arrow
shows where we came from, while the green arrow indicates the start of
Scuzzy FSR British Columbia Canada
8. Here is the continuation of Scuzzy FSR and the start
of the hike. All the following distances are from this trailhead, are
based on a GPS odometer, and are approximate.
Scuzzy Creek Forest Service Road
9. If you have a capable vehicle, you may drive for
another 180 meters, where this pile of dirt would be a good place to
stop, as what follows...
Scuzzy Forest Service Road
10. ...is this.
Scuzzy Creek FSR near Boston Bar BC Canada
11. At 510 meters, we can see how Scuzzy Creek chewed up
Scuzzy Creek and Scuzzy FSR
12. At 660 meters, even horses wouldn't go any further.
Damaged Scuzzy Forest Service Road
13. At 730 meters, there is this very large
and long (at least a hundred meters) heap of
debris which looked way too dangerous to tackle head-on. Fortunately,
there was a relatively easy way to go around it on the left side. Of
course, another spring run-off would likely rearrange this debris field
in a hurry.
Scuzzy FSR Debris
14. Having detoured through the forest on the left side,
we came to a point where an undamaged Scuzzy FSR appeared straight ahead
(on the left side of this photo). Coordinates:
Elevation: 370 meters.
Scuzzy Creek near Boston Bar BC Canada
15. Scuzzy Forest Service Road gains
elevation in a barely perceptible manner, and doesn't have any
major climbing sections.The only obstacle on intact stretches of the FSR
are numerous fallen trees. Sometimes you have to climb over them, and,
sometimes, go under.
Windfall on Scuzzy FSR
16. At 2.15 km, there is a major washout, with a
semi-challenging descent towards the creek, walking on the stones by the
creek, and then a rather easy climb back onto the FSR. Coordinates:
Elevation: 405 meters.
Recreation Site is right across Scuzzy Creek at this point, but you
would need to wade to get there, as a bridge (located on the other side
of the erosion and about a hundred meters further) is gone.
Scuzzy FSR Washout
17. Walking on the stones by Scuzzy Creek.
18. Time to climb up. A bit more to the right is more
manageable. It's not as hard as it looks.
Scuzzy FSR damage
19. Back on the road.
Scuzzy Forest Service Road near Boston Bar BC
20. At 3.0 km, there is yet another washout.
Scuzzy Forest Service Road Washout
21. This is where you may need to wade, if the water
level would be any higher.
Damaged Scuzzy Forest Service Road
22. Scuzzy FSR at the 3.45 km mark of the hike.
Scuzzy Creek FSR
23. Just about the only impressive view of the hike comes
at 4.6 km - looking back here. Coordinates:
Elevation: 640 meters.
Scuzzy FSR near Boston Bar BC Canada
24. Now at 4.8 km of Scuzzy Forest Service Road hike, counting
from the end of the vehicle access at 7.2 km from the start of the FSR.
Scuzzy Forest Service Road
25. At 5.0 km, we have reached a pleasant cascading
Elevation: 650 meters.
Here is a view from the FSR.
Scuzzy FSR Waterfall
26. A fairly easy climb on the left side allows to see
several more cascades, but the waterfall is much taller than that.
28. Continuing on Scuzzy Forest Service Road. At 5.85 km
Scuzzy Creek Forest Service Road near Boston Bar British Columbia Canada
29. At 6.6 km, one more washout made things interesting,
as the road is all but gone, and what little is left of it has tree
branches in the way, as well as quite a drop-off very close to the path,
which made for a slightly complicated crossing. Looking back.
Scuzzy Creek Forest Service Road Washout
30. And, at the 7.6 km mark, quite an unexpected view - a
locked gate! Coordinates:
Elevation: 710 meters.
There is definitely no way any vehicle is getting
anywhere near this gate, and we were tempted to go find out what it was
out there that the gate intended to protect, but the GPS map showed about 4 more
kilometers to go, and we did not feel like hiking that much, especially
since we wanted to find a split between Scuzzy North and South FSRs. The
gate belonged to Scuzzy North, and Scuzzy South was somewhere close. We
went forward for several hundred meters, did not find anything
interesting, then went back and started looking for Scuzzy South split.
Scuzzy FSR Gate
31. No wonder we missed it. There it is, on the left
side, just a few hundred meters before the gate, a bit more obvious on
the way back (as pictured below), and absolutely missed by us on the way
to the gate, as it is so overgrown. This is actually a connector trail
of several hundred meters, and the actual split is a bit further back,
just as overgrown.
32. Here we are at the end of the connector trail, about
to make a left turn onto Scuzzy South FSR. Making a right turn would
lead to the actual Scuzzy North / Scuzzy South split, also in several
hundred meters. We did not need to bushwhack on Scuzzy South or the
connector trail, and some stretches were quite decent, but it would
certainly get quite overgrown in a few years, because...
33. ...in about 350 meters, the bridge across Scuzzy
South is all but gone and no one likely comes here
anymore. Looking back at the bridge we just
crossed. It was a tricky
crossing, so watch out. You would not fall too far, but it's quite a
mess of debris down there, and it would definitely hurt.
34-35. Just 30 meters later, we have reached the bridge
we wanted to see, except did not expect it in the creek.
Scuzzy FSR South Broken Bridge
36. Had a lunch with a decent view, and headed back.
Who knows what interesting stuff is hiding further along
Scuzzy North FSR behind the gate -four more kilometers of hiking may yield
some cool discoveries. As for Scuzzy South, even if you wade across the
creek, the rest of the FSR may have to be bushwhacked, at least some of
the way, and, too, might yield some fine discoveries and/ or impressive