Friday, September 27, 2013

Cesar's Guide to Bohusleden: Stage 5


This post covers Stage 5, Angereds kyrka-Jonsered, of the official guide to the trail.

You can also check out my report on the section before this one (hiking southbound), Stage 6.

If you have not already read the introduction to this trail guide, you can check it out by clicking here.  It has a list of reports on other sections I have hiked plus other important/useful background information in general--so please read the introduction first before reading my reports.


This section is another good place to begin or end a thru or section hike, with each end having access to public transportation.  At Angereds kyrka there is a bus stop, and at Jonsered there is a train station right next to the trail.  Both will get you to Göteborg.  The bus takes around 20-30 minutes to Central Station, and the train only takes around 15 minutes.  

Some of the best marked trail are here most of the time, there are lots of locals around, and perhaps the best maintained shelter area on the whole trail is here too.  The Freden shelter area has running water, bathrooms, benches, and lots of space.  And if that's not luxurious enough for you while backpacking, there's a fancy café a few kilometers from the shelter area where you can watch all the pretty horses and ponies gallop around.

It's a fairly short stage that should pose no problems hiking, and there is plenty of water around, including a great like for swimming near the Freden shelter.  Much like the stage before this, there is a mix of road and woods walking, though not as urban (e.g. no highways to follow), and you pass one of my favorite bridges on the trail.  Enjoy the bounciness!

A pretty straight forward stage, so on to the pictures:

Yep.  It's a church alright.

Mean dean the hiking machine.  He likes to swim, he keeps clean.

So, there it is.

Remember: imagine a happy Sisyphus.

Here is the fancy café, where I heard a posh English woman order tea as I passed by.

Bridge across the train tracks.

Took us a total of about four hours to complete this stage, including a few breaks, and walking at a low to moderate pace.  Took the train back into the city from here, and they generally come every 30 minutes.

Up next: a double report on Stage 4 and Stage 3.