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Blaeberry Forest Service Road

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Rough, dirt and rocky forest service road that follows the beautiful Blaeberry River in the rugged mountain forests.


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26.7

Miles

43.0

KM

Point to Point

4,166' 1,270 m

High

2,790' 850 m

Low

2,153' 656 m

Up

804' 245 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Blaeberry Forest Service Road starts off as a well graded dirt road, suitable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. As one travels along the road, it becomes rougher and rockier, so best to have a high clearance vehicle. Further travel encounters occasional washouts, although construction work is being done to fix these washouts. However, as of September 2018, 4-wheel drive was needed past the 17.7-mile mark, along with patience and effort to fill in washouts that even 4 wheel drive could not handle. Therefore, this is a hiking trail past where one's vehicle can safely make it in and back out.

From mile 22.0 to the David Thompson Heritage Trail at mile 26.6, the Blaeberry Forest Service Road is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).

Description

The Blaeberry Forest Service Road follows the Blaeberry River into a remote area of the dense, rugged forests of the British Columbia Rockies. Thompson Falls and several hiking trails are accessed by the Blaeberry Forest Service Road.

From its start, Blaeberry Forest Service Road climbs very gradually to its end at Cairnes Creek Recreation Site and Campground. It is always next to the beautiful, wild Blaeberry River. At first, the river is to the left (west) of the road. Crossing the river at the 9.6-mile mark, on a sturdy bridge, the river is then to the right (east) of the road for the rest of the way. The forested slopes rise and drop steeply all around the road. A few creeks are crossed.

Flora & Fauna

Thick fir and spruce forest with dense undergrowth. Bears can be seen along this road. Porcupines can be a problem eating brake lines, so best to wrap chicken wire around parked cars at ground level (use rocks to hold the chicken wire to the ground).

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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At Cairnes Creek Campground on the banks of the Blaeberry River, a GDTA trail crew packs up to head out on Blaeberry Forest Service Road.
Oct 11, 2018 near Golden, BC
The Blaeberry River, looking downstream (southwest) from the new (in 2019) forest service road bridge at Cairnes Creek Campground that is on the right/west bank of the river.
Feb 23, 2020 near Golden, BC
The Blaeberry River flows through the fir and spruce forests along Blaeberry Forest Service Road.
Oct 11, 2018 near Golden, BC
The Blaeberry River with glacial Cairnes Creek flowing into it on the left, seen looking upstream (northeast) from the bridge at the Cairnes Creek Campground.
Feb 23, 2020 near Golden, BC
Blaeberry Forest Service Road in the rugged mountains. Mud can make the road slippery and treacherous with the dropoffs. Best to have 4 wheel drive or hike it.
Oct 11, 2018 near Golden, BC
Parked truck wrapped with chicken wire to prevent porcupines from eating brake lines, etc.
Sep 8, 2018 near Golden, BC

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