The Bohusleden trail consists of 27 stages, which offers over 350 km of scenic and varied walking. It stretches from Lindome in the south to Strömstad in the north.
Thursday May 30, 2019
Continuing my section hike of the trail, I travelled this time by car from Copenhagen to Lund, where I picked up my friend Clemens aka @forrestechs from IG. Our arrival in Gothenburg was around lunch time. My friend from work, David resides in the city. We had arranged to eat some lunch with him and his family. Leaving my car at his house he then drove us to the trail head at the location that I had selected close to the trail.
Stage 1 Blåvättnerna – Stensjön
We were dropped off at location N57° 34.161′ E12° 07.766′ not far from S Barnsjön lake around 15:00 pm. From here it was only 400 m to the Bohusleden trail. We didn’t hike about 1 km of section one on the official trail but I will walk this one day when I hike the Hallandsleden Trail. The Bohusleden trail merges into Hallandsleden just south of here. Section 1 of Bohusleden actually starts mid in the forest where Bohusleden and Hallandsleden intersects each other.
Pausing for a quick break by N Barnsjön lake we notice how clear the water is at the spot where we have paused, with sand on the bottom of the lake. After this we walk by a football field on the left and Mölndals Golf Club on the right. It’s quite open here before we enter some forest again and the wind and rain give us a real beating. When we enter some forest area again we are presented with some warning signs about “beware of shooting”. We find out later that the Lindome Archery Club reside here and that they have several bulls-eyes set up in the forest for shooting at. We manage not to get shot at by flying arrows and proceed.
I’m not using my trekking poles on this hike as I decided to let them stay at home. I’ve packed a Ruta Locura 600 carbon fiber tent pole 152cm (60’’) for my HMG Ultamid 2 instead. It is equipped with an adjuster (to add more +20cm, +8’’) and some shock cord. With the adjuster it will give you a pole that pitches from 152 cm (60’’) to 172 cm (68’’). I have never used the carbon pole before so I’m excited to see how it works out.
As the afternoon progresses the rain and wind persist and the trail becomes slippery and wet. Especially the exposed tree roots are very slippery and at one stage Clemens takes a fall. He is fine, but I regret already that I didn’t pack my trekking poles; I won’t leave them at home again.
When we arrive at the lake, where we plan to stop for the night, we notice that the shelter is not designed for sleeping guests but is only suitable for sitting in. There are a lot of birds including ducks and geese. We hike over to the other side of the lake where there are more suitable areas for pitching our shelters and camp right by the lake at location N57° 38.366′ E12° 03.184′. We use a lot of time, well Clemens does, to get rid of the ducks and ducklings that try to come up from the lake and inspect our tents all the time. Finally they get the hint and leave us alone for a while at least.
We have hiked approximately 14 km today. The rain persists all evening forcing us to retreat to our respective shelters. The HMG Ultamid 2 shelter was really handy. I sat on one side of my Ultamid, protected from the weather and warmed my food. The other half of the shelter housed the half insert containing my sleeping system. Perfect for these conditions.
Friday May 31, 2019
We didn’t plan on hiking far today so we got up late (07:40 am) and took it easy, enjoying breakfast by the lake. The rain had cleared through the night and now it was warm with the sun burning away all the dampness from the previous day. From here there is only about 5 km up to Skatås where we plan to top up on fresh water supplies.
Stage 2 Stensjön – Skatås
Not far from camp we pass by a small unnamed lake on my map and take a photo. At Stensjön lake we pass by the ancient castle of Stensjöborg from early iron age (800-1000 A.D) called Gunnebo House. It is a neoclassical country house with landscaped grounds. Then we head north-west towards the lake until we cross a small bridge and follow the trail blazers, well we thought we were. We walk about 100 meters too far and then backtrack heading north again. Just before St. Delsjön lake we have to follow the track down to a tunnel that takes us in and under the main road. We then do a sharp right and then immediately a sharp left which takes us along the side of the lake. It’s now around 14:00 pm and we decide to stop for lunch at a picnic table by the lake.
After lunch we then cross St. Delsjön lake on a floating bridge. It sways and bounces up and down as we walk towards the other side.
From here we make our way around the lake area passing a popular watering hole called Delsjöbadet where there were many guests. I would imagine that it would be very busy here on a hot summer day. Then we leave the lake at the Gothenburg Rowing Club heading north towards Skatås. When we reach the sports complex at Skatås there is a water tap on the side of the toilet block at location N57° 42.158′ E12° 02.400′ where you can top up on water supplies. From here you veer to the right and head north-east.
Stage 3 Skatås – Kåsjön
We had planned to stop at a shelter at Getryggen with some nice views. But some car campers occupied the wind shelter on the hill so we hike a further 8 km to the next location. Bit of a shame as the shelters are built for hikers to use not car campers! The trail is rocky and not very well maintained in comparison to Skåneleden in the south.
For some reason the track has been re-routed south of the main trail. Clemens has heard that sometimes they re-fill low lying areas with water thus forming lakes, so he thinks that perhaps this could be the reason that the trail has been re-routed. I have tried to research this on the official website on returning home but there is no updated information. If you know why the trail was re-routed then please leave a comment.
We finally merge on to the old track again after the diversion. Then we leave Bohusleden and hike down to Kåsjön lake where we make camp in the wind shelter there. The Kåsjön lake shelter is located on another trail called Kåsjörundan trail and it is a 1 km diversion from Bohusleden.
Today we have hiked just over 24 km in fine weather and no wind or rain. Just before dinner I climb the hill at the back of the shelter and witness the sun starting to set. I take some dead branches back to the site so that we can use them for our fire tonight.
Saturday June 1, 2019
Stage 4 Kåsjön – Jonsered
At some stage through the night it begins to rain and continues through to the early hours of the morning. When we finally get out of bed it stops raining. After breakfast we pack and leave backtracking from where we walked in on the Kåsjörundan trail the day before. After a short while we merge onto the Bohusleden trail again.
We start out in fine weather; it is overcast but dry and warm. About 4 km out of Jonsered the rain pours down again but there is no wind so I only use my trekking umbrella. On the first day, refer the photo below, I used my rain clothes as well.
When we arrive at the railway station at Jonsered we find out that the trains are not running and that we need to take a bus instead. I call David and he is already in the city with my car as arranged so he decides that he will collect us from Jonsered instead. Twenty minutes later our ride is here. We drop David off at the central station and we are soon heading home south again. On the final day we walked about 10 km.
Total kilometres walked for the 3 days = 48.8 km
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