West Coast G-amboree 2004 Recce #1

Friday June 4th through to the 6th

This trip was a meant as a quick orientation so we know the lay of the land before dragging others around. All descriptions should be regarded as approximate because I don't have a working odometer as such and my ipaq based gps software had a penchant for seizing up periodically.

Trip Description:

Surrey - Highway - Dewdney Trunk - Harrison Mills

  • All pretty much boring highway driving and we couldn't remember where the good Beef Jerky Place was.
  • This is the location of Fenn Lodge (888-990-3399, $160+ per night), Rowena Inn on the River ( $225+ per night), and the Sasquatch Inn (604-796-2730 $35+ per night).
  • We are considering having the G-amboree begin here to make sure we get a good start on the day.
  • Travel Time 1.5 Hours.

  • Harrison Mills - Last Gas


  • Turn onto the Morris Valley Road
  • A Salmon Hatchery will be seen on the left
  • The Chehalis River Rec Site goes by next
  • Last Gas (Last Chance to buy stuff and top up)
  • 5 Minutes

  • Last Gas - 20 Mile Bay

  • Keep right at Hemlock Valley FSR junction
  • Weaver Creek Park (where the pavement ends and the logging trucks begin)
  • A sign misinforming you that you cannot reach Pemberton from here.
  • Fairly nice wide graded gravel road, lots of logging trucks move through here so be prepared.
  • Now you should be on the Harrison West FSR.
  • This area is fairly hilly and windy for the first bit and then straightens out when we start to follow the lake.
  • Turn Left off the main road to the 20 Mile Bay forestry camp ground. Standard forestry camp ground rates (10 bucks a night per vehicle)
  • There are two camping areas one with about half a dozen spots and another with over 50. This is a very nice wide bay with a gorgeous beach, eagles overhead plenty of driftwood.
  • Travel Time 1.5 Hours

  • 20 Mile Bay - Tipella


  • Back onto the main line.
  • It is good going for the first while but it starts to get loose and steep in a few spots before Tipella. There are also a couple of small stream fordings in this area. This is easy 4wd and probably tricky or road damaging 2wd.
  • There are some petroglyphs around here but from what we could tell they are either water access only or require quite a steep hike.
  • There is a large waterfall with a big bridge which marks the end of the small tricky bit.
  • Tipella has a large logging operation that you drive through.
  • Travel Time 1.5 Hours

  • Tipella - Sloquet


  • The road out of Tipella is a very wide gravel highway.
  • After the Sloquet Creek bridge you take a uphill left towards the hot springs.
  • There is an active helicopter logging operation headquartered just before the hot springs. You are supposed to wait for clearance before crossing the helicopter landing area (just to make sure you aren't blown off the road..)
  • The Four Wheeler's Companion lists this as a fairly tricky 4x4 road, this was clearly written before the logging operation was put in place. 2wd is fine.
  • The hot springs themselves are wonderful and worth the walk.
  • There is a fairly rough and tumble forestry campground at the trail head to the hot springs, it is servicable but not really recommended.
  • The hike to the springs is about a seven minute walk including crossing a couple large fallen trees. The springs themselves are divided into four main pools (hotter as you go up) overlooking the river (as cold as the springs are hot).
  • There is a nice grassy picnic spot overlooking the river about halfway to the springs.
  • Travel Time 45 Minutes

  • Sloquet - Skookumchuck


  • Nice wide roads provide for easy high speed driving (you can get to sloquet from the pemberton side with no problems in pretty much any 2wd car).
  • Be careful of the school zone just before Skookumchuk proper.
  • Skookumchuck itself has a pretty impressive old cemetary and a turn of century wooden church (which has seen better days).
  • Travel Time 1 Hour

  • Skookumchuck - St. Agnes Well hot springs


  • More easy driving with four wheel drifts through the corners.
  • This is a well maintained campground with fully developed hot springs.
  • 5 dollar day use fees apply.
  • Travel Time 30 Minutes

  • St. Agnes Well - (Driftwood Bay, Lizzie Bay)

  • Travel Time 1 Hour

  • (Driftwood Bay, Lizzie Bay) - Duffy Lake Road (Pavement)

  • Lillooete Lake Lodge (604-905-9246 $89+ per night)
  • Mount Currie B&B(604-894-6864 $55+ per night)
  • Travel Time 30 Minutes
  • Duffy Lake Road - Pemberton

  • Travel Time 30 Minutes

  • Pemberton - Surrey


    The west coast G-amboree 2004 is planned for the weekend of August 14th.