Indian River FSR

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.

Abandoned Building

At about 32.5 km there is an abandoned building.

Continue driving for another few km to get to the Indian Arm.

Useful Links

Road Condition of Stawamus FSR #4823

Mamquam Forest Service Road

Additional Information

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.

Stay tuned for another post on Hixon Creek FSR

Thanks for visiting our blog. Please leave a comment if you find our post helpful, or if you have any questions or suggestions for us.

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13 comments

  1. Ron

    I’ve tried recently up the Hixon Flying Branch thinking it would take us to Coquitlam…needless to say when we hit the locked gate to the actual watershed buildings we saw there we turned around and drove through much of the way back to Squamish in the dark. These FSR’s were our hangouts from March through the summer. The only thing stopping us a some points were the amount of snow that was on the ground. Thanks for sharing the video. It’s one thing to drive the route and another to see it from up high with drone footage.

  2. Jay

    Great post – thanks for sharing. Does the road at Indian Arm allow you to access Granite Falls and the campground there? Looks like a fun trip for the quads.

    1. admin

      Hello Jay, thanks for visiting and appreciating our blogpost. Definitely a fun trip for the quads! There is no motorized access to the campground, the road takes you to the dock at the Indian Arm. You can hike from there to the campground.

  3. El

    Whoa! I wish I read your blog before we went yesterday. Went there unprepared…only 2 ltrs of drinking water and some snacks…thinking it would just be an hour long drive. It took us from 4ish to past midnight. I have a Nissan Rogue and a hitch; another no no…definitely will be removing hitch next time. One friend drove a Kia van but he was fine. Be sure to fill up your gas tank before heading up. And be prepared for the adventurous outback dusty road. Fun fun but will definitely need to head out early in the morning and bring tons of food. When you get to the end, be careful as there are also jelly fish in that body of water…tons of small ones. They appeared from nowhere and then gone.

    1. admin

      What an adventure, El! Thanks for sharing your experience. The Indian Arm FSR can be a rough at times and have some washouts. Through our blog, we try to inform explorers as much as we can on ‘what to expect’, some tips, and directions. Travelling backroads is lots of fun, but also requires pre-planning, preparedness, and thinking about some ‘what if’s’? We are glad you are back safe. We are sure it must be a trip to remember. Please stay in touch by subscribing to our blog or follow us on Instagram or Twitter. Enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

    1. admin

      Hello Benjamin, thanks for getting in touch. There are multiple washouts on the road with water flowing, but all are easily passable with any decent clearance 4×4 vehicle. The water is usually not too deep (definitely less than 7 inches – but it depends if it has been raining, the level will undoubtedly rise).

    1. admin

      Thanks for getting in touch, Erik. Unfortunately there is a gate on the road that says its a private property (closer to the Coquitlam Watershed). The roads that leads towards Coquitlam is Hixon Flying Branch, I will give it a try again someday and let you know if something changed.

    1. admin

      Hello Jack, thanks for visiting our blog. It will depend on how much distance you are comfortable riding (The round trip is approx 70 km). Otherwise, the road is in good shape for a mountain bike. Thank you

  4. Inderjit Grewal

    Refreshing green reflected in crystal clear colorless water makes a wonderful soothing affect in your eyes and soul.
    Journey seems to be a truly great
    Traveling is food to soul

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