There are a number of great hikes and walks in the Harrison Hot Springs area. Last weekend, we decided to head out and explore one! When visiting Harrison, a lot of people make the short trek to the mouth of the hot springs, where the temperature of the water is a toasty 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Unbeknownst to many, there is a great little trail just beyond the hot springs that leads to a very sheltered sandy beach, perfect for a picnic. We recommend exercising caution when going barefoot on the beach; there was broken glass strewn across the sand on our last visit. Depending on your pace, this hike can be completed in about an hour round trip.
Head west on the beach trail past the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Follow the trail past the hot springs itself, and look for a trail on the left, just before the gate at the end of the road.
The trail is marked with white and red reflective markers, and in some cases, bottle caps nailed to trees. The first few hundred meters are the toughest, as you climb up and over the rock bluff. You are rewarded with some nice views through the trees, so persevere!
As you come down the side of the hill, you are greeted with a t-junction at the bottom. Hang a right to Sandy Cove. If you follow along to the end of the beach, you can pick up the trail to Whippoorwill Point, and this trail loops back around to the t-junction.