Mileage: about 11.5 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1800ft/3000ft
Map: Green Trails Silverton No 110
Favorite Eats After Hike: LJs Bistro
2/6/2016 is was my first time to Boardman Lake, I was looking forward to enjoying it as a snowshoe. The road has quite a few potholes but doable. I parked about 2.25 miles in at a pullout when the road became rutted with snow, just before the turn off for Bear Lake.
I started out at 9:15am with just spikes as the snow was intermittent for the next mile but progressively became more rutted then completely covered in snow. Unlike a lot of roads I’ve been on lately there were not a lot of downed trees to maneuver. I switched to snowshoes for the last 1.5 miles to the TH. It didn’t look like anyone had been up here in awhile, at least not since the last good snowfall.
I came to Lake Evans pretty quickly and it was a pretty spot to rest. For many, you could make this your turn around and be satisfied.
I made it around the lake a short bit, then there was no obvious trail. I pulled out the old map and compass and gauged that Boardman was due south, so I headed in that direction. Periodically checking my bearing and avoiding tree wells and creek beds, I made it to the lake in another 20 minutes or so. It was nice to have all to myself, very tranquil. I left the lake about 11:15 and was back to the car by 12:30. I only saw a few folks on the way down, mostly families playing in the snow. A few higher clearance vehicles had been able to drive in about one mile further than I did. Overall a lovely day.
Directions: Drive east on the Mountain Loop HWY from Granite Falls 4 miles past the Verlot Ranger Station and turn right on Schweitzer Creek Road (FR 4020). Park at the snowline.
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