I attempted to hike Bear Mountain, with another staff member on Monday. With all the inquiries we get for this hike we wanted to see what it was all about. We quickly came to realized that we are not in shape. This hike starts off on an old gravel road that heads up the mountain side. They use to do some mining on this mountain so you do come across an old building with leftover core samples. It is a steady climb and after an hour we were done in. So we turned around and headed back down. We had reach a small clearing through the trees that gave us great views of Harrison Lake, and could well imagine the site to behold if we had reached the top. It is pretty shaded most of the way, but start first thing in the morning as the shade will disappear with the moving of the sun. I think this will be a hike I will do in sections, as I am not an avid hiker, nor like the continual grad increase. I’m more along the nice walk through the forest communing with nature type.
If this too, is more your speed, after the Bear Mountain attempt we went out to Sasquatch Provincial Park and hiked the Dear Lake trail. This was about a half hour walk, one way, depending on your pace that leads to Manhood Creek which was flowing quite quickly due to the melting snow higher up. There was a calmer pool to dip your feet in and cool off. Just beware of the rocks, which can be slippery.
Park in the day use/boat launch parking lot and the trail head is just back up the road a little ways. There is a trail sign. To the right of the boat launch there is a second trail we later found out, that leads around the other side of the lake. Not having a map this will be a ‘next time’ hike.
There are alot of trails in Harrison and area suited for each skill level and desire. Stop into the Visitor Information Centre for a map of the area, with the trails indicated in yellow. And create your own adventure.