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Harrison Hut Trail Exploration Workhike · Fri. May. 17th - Mon. May. 20th
Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened
Warning, this trip has been cancelled : No keys for locked gates
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Start: Friday, May. 17th, 6:00 pm
End: Monday, May. 20th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, May. 15th, 7:15 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC Clubroom
Come visit Harrison Hut one of the VOC's most beautiful and difficult to access huts!
Access to Harrison has a long history of problems. In 2010 the Meager Creek landslide destroyed the road to the trailhead. A new trail was eventually built and completed in 2013-14. However, last year a new logging road was built going past the trailhead and provided direct access to some nearby hotsprings. Gates were installed on the road from April 15-June 15 and Sept 15- Nov 15 preventing motorized access about 26km and 2km from our trailhead.
During the May long weekend the VOC has access to a key to these gates so that we can check on the condition of our trail and hut. The main purpose of the workhike will be to hike the trail and investigate the condition of the trail after the logging company logged the lower part of the trail. It would be good to have GPS coordinates of where the trail now joins the road and where the new road goes to. As a club, from the information collected, we need to decide what to ask the logging company to do (rebuild our trail or not).
Experience level: the trail to Harrison is well marked (at least prior to logging) but has some difficult sections, lots of up and down (1000-1200m) and is fairly long (6-12km) depending where you start from. There will be snow on the upper trail at the end of May. This may not be the best trip for your first time backpacking - however, if you are fit and determined I have seen people enjoy the trail as their first overnight trip.
Note: I recently had knee surgery so I will not be able to lead this trip but an happy to coordinate and plan the trip so long as someone going knows roughly about the goals and area.