Harrison Hut route
The Meager Group is one of the most geologically active areas in Canada and is responsible for periodic landslides including, in 2010, one of the largest in Canadian recorded history. So, before heading up to the hut, you may wish to [check and see] if the road/area has been closed. This sometimes happens during very hot periods, or periods with a lot of precipitation. You can read about some of the information the government uses to make this decision in this document. Our trail is accessed via the Lillooet South FSR and stays on the stable side of the valley, it is therefor less exposed to geological hazard than other nearby areas. The Upper Lillooet / Meager Creek FSR road information may also be of interest to you, especially if you were considering visiting other places in the Meager Creek valley that are more exposed to landslide hazards (for example, the hotsprings).
Pika Creek (which the trail crosses) is also subject to periodic small rockslides. That's why there's no bridge. Obviously, do not camp in this area.
Driving directions to the Harrison trailhead:
Start driving on Pemberton Meadows Rd.
@ km 9 from the Hurley FSR turn-off, there is a sign that says "Lillooet South FSR" and another "End of public road".
|km 8.9||Go right|
|km 18.6||Bridge (NB: there is a sign that says km 18 just after the bridge)|
|km 18.9||Go Left|
|km 19.3||Spidery creek|
|km 23.7||Go left (2wd vehicles park here, it is too steep and loose after this point)|
|km 26||Go right|
|km 28||Go right|
|km 29||Go left|
|km 29.1||Go left|
Above is a sketch of the route, as appears on the trailhead signs. The most up-to-date information on the route can be found on this (notated) google map. You may also download GPS-compatible data from the google map by clicking on the kml link. You can also download this GPX file. If you are into printable PDFs ours is slightly outdated (in particular the trail between the end of the second road and Pika Creek is totally wrong)... if somebody takes the time to make a new one with the new google map info above that would be great!
As of mid 2014 hiking season the route is continuous, but it is not yet complete as a trail. Footbed work continues in various areas. But it's brushed out, most of the worst sidehills have a good footbed, Barr Creek has a bridge, and there are sufficient markers that you should have no problem finding the way if you're careful.
For the summer of 2016, please note there is logging on the trail from June 1st-October 1st, 2016 which means the trail is CLOSED during this time until we have further details about whether there could be access outside of operating hours or on weekends. Exercise caution if you are planning to go into the area, respect the trail closure and please be cognizant of the industrial activity on the road and in the forest.
Work on the Route
Work is currently being organized by Christian Veenstra, with past help from especially Ben Singleton-Polster. If you'd like to help out get in contact with them or the VOC executive. You can also read about past work on Harrison Hut access if you are interested.