Roe Creek FSR

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Main Line

The Roe Creek FSR branches off from Chance Creek FSR 3.0km from the highway.

Winter use

Both Chance Creek and Roe Creek are used for access to snowcat skiing in winter. This means that you may not have to break trail on these roads. Expect to see some snowcat and/or snowmobile traffic on the main road. So far the snowcat drivers have all proven to be quite courteous.

Note that the snowcats do not go up the first part of the Roe Creek Mainline, but go up another road behind their base area and the rejoin the mainline at the spur with the the yellow gate. Also, they may or may not be going up Roe Creek at any particular time, so don't rely on following the snowcat tracks to navigate the road system to Roe Creek.

Parking for a limited number of non-motorized parties is available at the Powder Mountain Catskiing base (1.6 km from the highway). Contact them in advance for the combination to the key lockbox, or park outside their gate. Do not block their access to the FSR.

Also, due to compaction from the the snowcat, it may be possible to drive a short distance up the FSR and then get your vehicle hopelessly stuck far from the end of the ploughed section. Please don't do this - it is very rude to block the FSR for other users (especially Powder Mountain Catskiing, since they are trying to operate a business), and does not reflect well on the backcountry community.

Current conditions

As of Oct. 16th, 2010, the Roe Creek FSR has been freshly graded is drivable, with some care, in basically any 2wd-lc vehicle. Likely this grading is in anticipation of active logging, so drive carefully.

Directions

UTM and elevations given in the table below are zone 10U and based on the WGS84 Datum. All distances are from highway 99. Eventually all junctions will be marked with orange trail marker diamonds to indicate which branch goes to the brew lake. Presently, the only junction that has such a marker is the start of the R200 branch where is leaves the roe creek mainline.

Chance Creek km Roe Creek km UTM Elevation Type Direction Description
0.0 - - - Turn off from highway 99 Left Turn off from Highway 99 onto Chance Creek FSR about 1km south of the Garibaldi Lake (aka. Black Tusk / Rubble Creek) road. There is a big left hand turn bay on the highway that is hard to miss. Cross the Cheakamus river and the railway tracks, then head left and up a hill past Lake Lucille.
1.6 - - 430m Switchback / Junction Left At the base area for the cat skiing operation is a big switchback, go left. The road is plowed to this point mid winter, so start skiing here if it's snowed in beyond this point.
2.3 - - 500m Spur Road Left minor spur on the right goes to Freeman Lake
2.6 - - - Spur Road Left minor spur on the right goes to ????
3.0 0.0 - 580m Roe Creek FSR / Chance Creek FSR Junction Right The Roe Creek FSR / Chance Creek FSR Junction is just past the top of a fairly long hill. Take the right fork. Chance Creek FSR starts going downhill and turns west after this junction. There are a new set of km markers for the Roe Creek road that start at the junction.
3.1 0.1 - 580m Spur Left keep left on the main road, which is more or less level. A minor spur goes up a hill straight ahead.
3.5 0.5 - - Spur Straight Minor spurs on both sides. The one on the right has a big yellow gate. Stay on the main road straight ahead continuing uphill.
3.6 0.6 - - Spur Right branch road on the left. Keep right up the hill.
4.0 1.0 - - Spur Left / straight ahead minor spur road to the right to access a clearcut. Keep on straight ahead. There is a 1km sign on the road just before this branch.
4.5 1.5 - - Branch R500 Right Take the lower right fork. The left fork has a gate, which is usually left open in winter but closed in summer. This junction is likely to cause some confusion since the left fork is newer and in better condition than the mainline. The main road goes right and down a small hill and then starts climbing again after a couple hundred meters.
5.2 2.2 - - Spur Left minor spur road on the right at the top of a hill to service a clearcut. The main road bears gently left and down hill.
5.7 2.7 - - Spur - Roe Creek west side Right Spur road on the left goes to clearcuts on the west side of Roe Creek. Continue right and downhill to the bridge over Roe Creek.
6.0 3.0 - 700m Bridge over Roe Creek Straight -
6.1 3.1 - 700m Branch R100 Left Take the left fork up roe creek. The right fork is R-100 and it ends after only 500m. There is lots of parking space at the junction
6.7 3.7 - - log sort straight continue straight through a muddy log sort
6.9 3.9 - - - straight In the past, waterbars started here.
8.3 5.3 485303E 5539815N 900m R200 branch Straight R200 Branch (winter access to VOC's [Brew Hut]) appears on the right, for the mainline continue straight. Toward the head of the valley the mainline becomes a cat-road (aka - a bunch of trees are cut down, with no road surface) which goes all the way to the alpine.


R200 Branch

This spur branches off Roe Creek Mainline 5.3km from Chance Creek FSR, or 8.3km from the highway

Current Conditions

As of Oct. 16th, 2010, this branch has been freshly graded. It is very steep, however, and should still be considered 4wd.

Directions

Chance Creek km Roe Creek km UTM Elevation Type Direction Description
8.3 5.3 485303E 5539815N 900m R200 branch Right R200 begins as the branch which switchbacks to the right. If the main road starts to go downhill you missed the junction. Follow the branch steeply uphill.
9.0 6.0 - 1000m Branch R220 Straight A new branch road on the left (R220) switchbacks and continues north. Keep on straight ahead south. This new branch road was built in November 2007.
9.2 6.2 486050E 5539444N 1040m Switchback Left -
9.3 6.3 486038E 5539473N 1040m Trailhead Right The Roe Creek Ski Route trailhead is on the right hand side and is marked with a couple of orange diamonds. To get up the steep bank above the road, go about 20m past the markers to where it's less steep and the cut back to the first trail marker. It is about 3.6km to Brew Lake and 5.6km to the Brew Hut from here. R200 branch continues straight to ???.