An Invitation to Ski the Larch Lake Bogs Route this Winter
‘Frodo’s Bog’, ‘Bilbo’s Bog’ – over the years we’ve skied across these beautiful spaces under the stars and in all kinds of weather and snow conditions. To Larch Hills skiers they’re special friends! Have you explored some of Frodo’s and Bilbo’s higher ground “cousins”? If not, you are in for a surprise!
The Larch Lake Bogs Route is located north and east of Cec’s Cabin. See map here. There are four distinctly different bogs along this well marked, 3.8K, mostly non-track set ski route. The bogs range in length from 100M to 400M. Along the way you’ll ski through old growth forests of towering White Pine, huge Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar, past young pine plantations and along riparian areas. Listen for the call of a Raven. Read the adventures of animal tracks written in the snow.
When skiing on the Bogs route it’s best to wear off-track, wide skis for stability, but a pair of regular width no wax skis should work fine if you are careful – depending on snow conditions. Big-basket poles are a must in the deep snow.
Along the route, at junctions with track set trails (Larch Hills Road and Larch Lake Loop) there are route signs showing your location. There is also a route sign at Cec’s Cabin.
As of the early January 2019 the Larch Lake Bogs route is now open for the season. Last Saturday a group of volunteers worked on the 400M Bog segment: removing obstacles with hand tools, hanging ribbon to clearly define the route and placing a “Gentle Slope – Detour” sign near the top of one challenging little hill. This week similar work on the other bogs route segments was completed. Route signs have been posted.
Enjoy exploring the Larch Hills were ever your skis take you!
January 4, 2007: group on 400M Bog
January 7, 2019: Lorne, Jeanetta and Pat on 40M Bog Route