The largest tree in Cedar Bog Grove, a Douglas fir measuring 25.1 feet at breast height, March 2019
CEDAR BOG GROVE is a group of about 40 old-growth Douglas firs and red cedars scattered around the north, east and south sides of a cedar bog southeast of Granite Bay. The largest Douglas fir has a circumference of 25.1 feet at breast height. There are a number of firs around 20 feet in circumference. A western red cedar measured 26.2 feet in 2019.
This is one of three groves along the western side of Clear Lake. All of the groves are accessible from Clear Lake if you have a boat to get across the lake. Cedar Bog and the grove are all (just) inside Main Lake Provincial Park.
To get there by vehicle and foot, turn right off Granite Bay Road onto the logging road (Two Mile Lake Road) at the main intersection in downtown Granite Bay. Drive past the Newton Lake Trail parking lot until you get to a steep hill (about 1.1 k from Granite Bay Road). Park out of the way of traffic near the bottom of the hill. Follow the logging road, which passes Two Mile Lake, on foot. About half a kilometre past the lake is an unmarked trail going south. If you pass a beaver pond on its north end, you have gone a little too far. The trail into Floating Islands Lake leads to the lake’s east end. From there, it’s a 0.6-kilometre bushwhack to the grove. There is no trail. Skirt around Cedar Bog on its south side. The grove begins near the east end of the bog. In the summer, listen for osprey; there’s a long-active nest in an old Douglas fir on the south side of the bog. The 25-footer is beside the creek that empties the bog at its eastern end.
The two areas of primary forest adjacent to the bog that form Cedar Bog Grove
A Western Red Cedar measuring 26.2 feet in circumference at breast height in December 2018