Indian River FSR is a wilderness Forest Service Road that branches from Mamquam FSR in Squamish, BC and reaches Indian Arm. Indian River FSR is a branch of the Stawamus FSR, knows as Indian River Branch 01.
We respectfully acknowledge that this road trip is on unceded, ancestral, and traditional lands of Sḵwxwu7mesh’ – Squamish and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ Tsleil-Waututh nation. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to explore your lands.
This Forest Service road to the Indian Arm is accessible during the summer months (June – September) and requires a 4X4 capable vehicle. There are no services and cell coverage on this route.
Note: Indian River FSR is a wilderness FSR with no services and gets seasonally deactivated. The road is subject to washouts and rough sections; only 4WD / 4×4 vehicles recommended.
Remember when you are travelling on these backroads, it’s not about the destination but the journey!
How to get there
Access to Mamquam FSR is via Highway 99 (approximately 2.5 km south of Squamish or about 1.5 km north of the Sea to Sky Gondola).
Drive for approximately 4 km on Mamquam FSR and then turn right at the fork towards Stawamus/Indian FSR.
Driving the Indian River FSR
Check out our Youtube video for a virtual experience of the Indian River FSR.
Indian Arm is 34.5 km from the split from Mamquam FSR. The road starts ascending soon after the separation from Mamquam FSR and continues to climb till you go over the pass.
While driving for about 5 km, you will see spectacular view of Mt Habrich on your right.
Continue driving on the FSR and enjoy the views.
At about 9 km, you will arrive at a small pond.
At about 24 km you will arrive at spectacular Indian River Falls.
The road can be rough and passes through some washouts.
Some spectacular views of the Indian River along the road.
At about 32.5 km there is an abandoned building.
Continue driving for another few km to get to the Indian Arm.
At about 29.5 km mark of Indian River FSR, there is a split for Hixon Creek Branch FSR. Hixon Creek FSR takes you to Nortan Lake. However, I briefly explored Hixon Creek for approximately 5 km from the Flying Branch split.
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