The Dogwood Marshes snowshoe area is an informal trail network adjacent to the Lac le Jeune Road. Parking is at the Bush Lake parking loop km north of McConnell Lake. All of the routes are user-stomped, winding through the Anderson Creek marshes and up through the forest hillside. Routes go all over and it can sometimes be confusing for newcomers, so we bear south through the open areas then wind through the mixed forest inside the fenceline to Teal Pond. From the east side of the pond several trails bear off, but we usually stay to the right, working our way uphill. Loops are possible, but snowshoers can also retrace their tracks if they are unsure. Some of the routes take advantage of backroads, skid tracks, and forest openings. Snowshoers rebuild the tracks each winter to create fun loops, winding through open forests. There are no trail markers or signs, but snowshoers can just follow tracks in the snow, keeping a general sense of the return direction. A tracking app or GPS is good insurance if attempting the upper loops. We use Geotracker for Android and find it very reliable. Many mountain bikers and other snowshoers use Strava or Garmin apps. This was a 6 km route on a grey day in January.
There are a number of snowshoe routes starting at Lodgepole Lake. The road is usually plowed right to the Rec Site at the end of the lake. Users stomp in tracks around the lake and through the forest in the … Continue reading →
From 1978 through 1984 we cross country skied on the Bush Lake Trails, but when the Coquihalla Highway was under construction the trails were cut in half by the road and fences were built restricting access to the backroads and … Continue reading →
Access to Dogwood Marshes snowshoeing area is from the Bush Lake parking area off the Lac le Jeune Road. There are a number of routes through the marshes and up into the hills above for any day of exploration in … Continue reading →
The upper end of the Lac du Bois Grasslands offers access for open forest and grassland slope snowshoeing in winter. There is a large parking area next to a forestry kiosk right before the McQueen Lake fence. It is best … Continue reading →