• Difficulty Difficult
  • Time 6 hours
  • Round-Trip 7km
  • Elevation Gain 620 meters
  • Season March - November
  • Camping Yes
  • From Vancouver 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

Harrison Lake's answer to the Grouse Grind is a route that climbs up the side of a steep mountain along the Campbell Lake trail and offers a great view of Harrison Lake at the top. The route is rugged and passes through sections that are overgrown, blowdown that's challenging to climb over, and parts of the trail that have become a creek. This hike is not for the inexperienced.

The trailhead is located on a gravel section off to the side of the main Hot Springs Road by Balsam Avenue. Walk through the small opening in the chain-linked fence as the gravel road veers to the right, followed by a left and a very steep incline. At the top of the hill sit a couple of large water tanks and a concrete viewing platform to the left where you can catch your breath.

Continue on the far side of the tanks as the trail enters the forest and follows a rough, rocky path uphill. The path serves as a creek bed, so watch your footing as the rocks can be slippery. About 15 minutes up the trail, the trail veers to the right and opens up underneath the power lines with a large rocky outcrop on the left. This section of trail can be fairly overgrown with the bushes encroaching on the path. Continue hiking up the path until you are next to a powerline tower, then look to your right to see a view back towards the Fraser Valley.

Right after the power line tower, the trail veers to the left and enters back into the forest. After the roughness of the previous section, the next section is fairly enjoyable as the trail weaves through switchbacks through the coastal mountain forest, crossing small creeks and the occasional blowdown. However, the trail gets steeper and drags on as you continue making your way towards the top.

Eventually you cross an old. narrow bridge made out of a log. Be careful is this is often slippery. Not too much further and the trail begins to open up onto a rocky section with a view of Harrison Lake. The view of Harrison Lake is the final destination for the Harrison Grind, however the trail does continue to Campbell Lake which is about 40 minutes away and through fairly flat terrain.

Once you've enjoyed the view, head back down the trail the same route that you arrived, carefully stepping over the blowdown and be extra cautious along the rocks under the power lines.


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The view of Harrison Lake from the top of the Harrison Grind.
The narrow wooden bridge along the Harrison Grind trail.

How to get to Harrison Grind

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour 45 minutes

The Harrison Grind is located in the community of Harrison Lake, about 125km east of Vancouver. From Vancouver, drive east towards Highway #1 the Trans Canada Highway and merge onto the highway heading eastbound. Continue for roughly the next 100km, through the Fraser Valley and past Chilliwack.

Take exit #135 BC-9 Towards Agassiz / Harrison. Veer to the right and loop around, crossing back over the highway and continue along the road before going straight through the roundabout. After crossing the bridge over the Fraser River, make a left towards Agassiz / Rosedale BC-9 and continue into the town of Agassiz. Follow the signs by turning left onto Cheam Avenue, then making a right onto Evergreen Drive and crossing the train tracks, before veering left on BC-9. At the 3-way intersection, turn right and follow Hot Spring Road (still BC-9) into Harrison.

The start of the Harrison Grind is located on Hot Spring Road at Balsam Avenue. Directly across the street from Balsam Avenue is a large wooden sign board with a map of hiking routes of the area. Park in the gravel parking area and the trail starts at the metal fence where there is a small opening on the left side.

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Additional Info

Camping at Harrison Grind

The start of the Harrison Grind trail is located at the northern edge of the Harrison Springs Camping and RV Park.

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Dogs at Harrison Grind

Dogs are permiitted on the trail, however the terrain is quite steep and can be slippery in areas, so be sure to use caution and avoid putting yourself or your pet in any danger.

Toilets at Harrison Grind

There are no toilet facilities located on the Harrison Grind.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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