Hiking in Harrison Hot Springs

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One of the best parts of being in Harrison Hot Springs is the unique beauty that surrounds it. With beautiful mountains and an abundance of trails to explore – the lower mainland has become a well-known hot spot for all kinds of hikes. Experience the boundless panoramas, lush forests and glacial peaks that Harrison Hot Springs has to offer.

SPIRIT TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length:
1 km
Time:
30 minutes
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Experience Spirit Trail; a beautiful cedar forest trail. What makes this trail so unique is that a local artist has decorated many of the cedars with beautiful clay masks. Along the trail, you will see many types of trees, birds and mammals. This hike takes 30 minutes and is very accessible making it perfect for all skill levels.

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THE HERITAGE WALK

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length:
5 km
Time:
1.5 hour
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This is a pleasant stroll that takes you past historical buildings that make up the history if Harrison Hot Springs. Download the PDF of this walk or stop in at the Visitor Center to pick up a brochure.

BRIDAL VEILS FALLS

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length:
1 km
Time: 30 minutes
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This iconic hike is the perfect place to pull over and stretch your legs during a long drive along Highway 1 in Chilliwack. This short walk offers impressive viewpoints overlooking Bridal Veils Falls where you watch the water cascade down a smooth ledge before tumbling 60 meters down the falls. When you are finished, you can either choose to return to your car down the same path, or if you would like to extend your hike, you can take an alternate route along the Woodland Trail which loops back to the parking lot.

Image Courtesy of Ric Ernst via the Vancouver Sun

DEER LAKE HIKE

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Length:
5km
Time:
1.5 Hours
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Located within Sasquatch Provincial Park, this hike is only 10 minutes outside of the Village. A wooden boardwalk weaves its way through the wetlands filled with vegetation, flowers and countless species of birds. The pathway is well maintained and with little elevation changes, making it a great choice for those looking for a leisurely stroll.

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BEAR MOUNTAIN FLATS

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length:
5.5 km
Time:
2 Hours
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Located on the eastern portion of Harrison Hot Springs, this area is referred to by the locals as Lower Bear Mountain. It has been an unofficial trail system for many years – with many unmarked trails. Discover an abundance of untouched forests, meadows, streams, and wildlife on this nature walk that can branch off to a more challenging hike.

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SANDY COVE TRAIL & WHIPPOORWILL POINT

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length:
4 km
Time:
1.5 hours
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Don’t get discouraged by the steep climb right at the start. It is the trail’s highest point and offers some fantastic views of the lake. We highly recommend descending into Sandy Cove. This secluded beach is the perfect spot to stop and have lunch. At the north end of the beach, you will find the trail to Whippoor Point. This trail follows the Harrison River before coming back to Sandy Cove.

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HICKS LAKE LOOP TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length
: 6 km
Time:
2 hours
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This family-friendly hike completed a loop round Hicks Lake, located in Sasquatch Provincial Park. While this trail is easy to navigate, it can be muddy, so proper footwear is required. Once you have made your way roughly halfway across the lake, you will see a path that will take you down to a secluded beach; providing you with a great opportunity to take a dip in the water and enjoy some lunch.

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HARRISON GRIND

Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Length:
10 km
Time:
6 hours
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The Harrison Grind (Campbell Lake Trail) is one of the most well-known trails in the area. This trail climbs up the Agassiz mountain. This hike is great for travelers that wish to see everything as this 10-kilometer hike has it all. The trail starts by following a gravel road up to the Harrison Hot Springs water reservoir. Once you pass this area, you follow a logging road that takes you up by a series of bluffs. From there you trek through the most difficult portion of the climb, and hike through forest and rock. After a few hours, you will find yourself at a “helicopter pad” that was supposedly used when the mountain was logged – nothing remains of the pad but the clearing provides a great view of Harrison Lake.

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BEAR MOUNTAIN

Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Length:
18 km
Time:
7 hours
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This 18-kilometer hike is rated difficult, and it is for a good reason. The trail is long and, in some places, a little overgrown. Along this path, you will see several small waterfalls as well as gain elevation that will make for exceptional views of Harrison Lake and the Harrison River. While not for the faint of heart, the reward is well worthwhile.

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MOUNT CHEAM TRAIL

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Length:
9.5 km
Time:
4 hours
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Offering one of the most spectacular views in the Fraser Valley, Mount Cheam offers 360-degree panoramic views of the entire region. As you make your way up the trail, make sure you look back to admire the changing view. As the terrain changes, you will see less and less vegetation the higher you begin to ascend until you reach the point where the trail and sides are loose rock – so be careful! On a clear day you will be able to see the communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Lake.

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As with all hikes, it is important to be prepared. Make sure to check trail conditions before you go and be mindful of any wildlife you may encounter. Experience it now. Book your stay today!