James Lake FSR

Total Miles


1,387.04 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

From Highway 33 you head north on Goudie Road. It is paved for the first 2-3 km and then there is a nice pullout area that you can stop and air down before hitting the dirt. This is a well travelled FSR road that has had some work done on it due to water erosion , and, if it is a rainy day, there will be some slick areas between km 7 and 8. When I travelled through this area was frozen with deep ruts even though it was recently repaired. But the dirt they have used it just too soft and it has been severely rutted. The rest of the road is pretty basic and wold be a 1/10. Just watch for the huge pot holes. Interesting the way the forest has been logged on the way up. If you look at the satellite view you will see it resemble a comb. Not sure why they have logged it this way. Maybe it is a new way of logging to prevent soil erosion versus the way most areas are logged using the clear cut method. At the end if this journey is the James Lake Rec Site. A decent sized rec site right on the lake. The lake was quite low due to drought like conditions over the last 4 months.

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James Lake FSR
James Lake FSR
James Lake FSR


The majority of the road would be a 1 or 2/10 but due to the erosion and deep ruts around km 7 and 8 I have to bump this up to a 3. you could not do this road with out 4x4 if it were raining or during the winter melt due to this one area.

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Access Description

Take Highway 33 to Gourdie Road which then turns into James Lake FSR when you hit the dirt.

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