The Lodgepole Lake area is one of our favorite destinations for winter snowshoeing. The road is usually kept clear right to the Rec Site at the lake at 1415 m elevation (4652 ft). All routes from the lake are set by snowshoers or snowmobiles. The Chuwhels Mountain FSR is the main corridor, but many branch roads go off either side and ponds can be used as open corridors. Between ponds and double tracks are some snowshoe tracks, some motorcycle routes, and some open cutblocks. The area has been replanted too, so the edges of plantations can also be used as linking routes. There isn’t much in the way of signed trails, but once snowshoers have established routes, we can follow their tracks. On this early winter day, I set tracks along a loop route that I have done before.
Blue skies and scattered clouds allowed the sun to warm the open areas on my cross-ponds route.
Humps and small hummocks are formed when snows fall on the reed beds beside the open water.
I crossed another long marshy pond farther west, still breaking trail, following the drainage south, shown here in silver.
I came off the end of that pond, then followed a set of pole markers through the edge of a cutblock out to another connector road. This is the hardest area to navigate.