Boom Lake: good but challenging

Trip date: Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

Submitted by Diana Piggott


"All by myself" (musical notes)


I finally got out! At the trailhead at 9:45 am the sun was just starting to break through, and the snow temp. was about -3C.
There was only a couple of cm of fresh snow on a very firmly packed trail, less under the trees. The trail was pretty good, but often bumpy and icy under the fresh, and frequently too narrow to either herringbone or snowplow. In the end I used my kicker skins all day, and still had some challenges on the steeper hills.
I've never been so alone up there! First up the trail, saw only a couple of squirrels by the trail, and at the lake not a single bird came to steal my lunch. It was quite eerie.
On my return, I did encounter several groups of hikers on their way up. Walking was easy on the hard packed trail, but by the time I reached the bottom it was getting slushy.
It was a beautiful spring day in the mountains :-)