Each winter we try to snowshoe in a different place each time for the whole season, going back to the most reliable spots first and when conditions are ready, heading to the hills for new routes, to the tops of hills, and to routes only visited every few years. When we take out novices, family members, or groups, we find that the Bush Lake parking lot has room for our vehicles and has a number of route choices for our needs, so we end up returning to snowshoeing the Dogwood Marshes a few times. We vary the route each time through the lowland marshes, around ponds, through the forest, and along old linking tracks. Forested areas are closed in by snow-laden trees, but there are a number of open spots too where we can enjoy the winter sun. A snowshoe in the Dogwood Marshes is the perfect antidote for Seasonal Affective Disorder. We drive into the high country to get above the valley cloud and the grey skies, hiking on our snowshoes in the fresh air and snowy forests.
The Dogwood Marshes: