Hiking in and around Harrison Hot Springs
Put on your hiking shoes and spend some time in the great outdoors! Harrison Hot Springs and hiking go together and there is something for everybody’s hiking ability. Boundless panoramas, glacial peaks, river carved valleys, dense forests, it’s all waiting to be explored and hiked by you….just up the road. For detailed hike guides go to tourismharrison.com
Harrison's Most Popular "the Lagoon Walk" – 5 km round trip. Starting at Memorial Hall head west along Esplanade Ave along the lake-shore to the little building that houses the hot springs source. After a break spent enjoying the many birds and wildlife walk back along the Esplanade and around the lagoon enjoying spectacular views along the way. Continue through the Maple trees of Rendall Park and along Rockwell Drive to the Ranger Station Art Gallery. Looking out over the lake you may catch a glimpse of the many wind surfers and kite boarders. Return via the same way.
Miami Bridges – 2.5 km round trip. Beginning at Memorial Hall walk west along Esplanade, when you get to the Resort head to the back of the parking lot. You will see a bridge crossing the Miami River. Cross the bridge into a trail that follows the side of the mountain. It is well maintained with bridges and stairs and takes you through some wonderful old growth forest. The end of the trail takes you on to a gravel road. Left is the hot springs source and right brings you back to the Resort and eventually Memorial Hall on the lakefront walkway.
Spirit Trail - Spirit Trail is a short 1 kilometer walk through a beautiful cedar forest that is very accessible from the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. What makes this trail so special is that local resident artist Ernie has decorated many of the cedars along the trail with beautiful masks. Several dozen in fact. The trail is found on McCoombs Drive heading south from the lake. It takes 20 minutes to walk the trail but give yourself time to enjoy the amazing masks! This is a unique and special trail so please treat it with respect.
Nature Hikes (easy to moderate)
The “Ultimate” Trail: Sandy Cove Trail & Whippoorwill Point - This 5 km Harrison Hot Springs hike is one of our favorites. Starting right behind the hot springs source, this trail climbs steeply to its highest point along the hillside, 40 meters above lake level. From there it descends to Sandy Cove, a wonderful little beach with beautiful views making it ideal for a short rest. Arriving at the south side of the beach you will find the trail to Whippoorwill point at the north side. Follow this trail to Whippoorwill Point where the Harrison River leaves Harrison Lake. From here the trail continues along the Harrison River, loops to the left and brings you back to Sandy Cove to return to the trail.
Hicks Lake Loop Trail – 6 kms. Take a short 5 km drive from Harrison Hot Springs along Rockwell Drive to Sasquatch Park and follow signs to Hicks Lake. Park your car in the “Day Use” parking lot Looking towards the dock, on your left follow the old logging road. At the fork in the road (just past the outhouse) bear right onto a trail which winds up and down crossing 16 little wooden bridges. At the end of this trail turn right onto a beautiful sunny beach. Follow the shoreline back to your car. Hicks Lake is an ideal spot for a picnic or swim so make sure you go prepared.
Adventurous and Strenuous Hikes
Bear Mountain Trail – 20.5 km. To get to Bear Mountain Trail drive 5 kms along Rockwell Drive where you will find what looks like a driveway with a chain link fence. Here you will find an old logging road which switches back and forth up the Western slopes of Bear Mountain giving you superb views along the way. After 6 kms you will come across a serene little lake, the perfect place for a picnic lunch. This trail offers good shade and spectacular lake views along the way with occasional waterfalls and springs. The elevation gain is 870 meters (2850 feet) with an average grade of 14.5%. The additional hike from Bear Lake to the Bear Mountain Summit is 8km return with an elevation gain of another 180 meters.
Campbell Lake Trail – 10 km. This Harrison Hot Springs hike starts at the water reservoir on Hot Springs Road. (Opposite the Firehall) This trail is Harrisons Grouse Grind. It climbs 5 km to a mountain lake with a total elevation gain of 650 meters (2140 feet). The maximum grade is 35%, average grade 16%. This unmaintained trail offers a good challenge with a viewpoint from an old helipad along the way and a little lake at the top.
For detailed hike descriptions go to tourismharrison.com