Olsen Lake Warm-Up Shelter is sponsored by Swan Valley Co-op Gas Bar and C-Store.
Olson was the very first warm-up shelter the North Mountain Riders had built. I am not sure of the year it was built.
There have been many visitors here......including porcupines and a bear in the summer. The porcupines really acquired a taste for the OSB and the bear, well he sampled the window sills and rummaged around a bit and left. It was time for a facelift so it got a paint job some years back. We can only get there when the ground is frozen so we went in the early spring, was a great day to start with and ended up snowing, must be Manitoba!
The most time consuming and hardest of the work is keeping the trails open and brushed after ice storms and natural disasters. The club has had to clean up many times on this one trail to get to the Olson Warm up. If you have never seen it like this after a snow or ice storm and seen the number of trees that have to get cut - moved and cleaned up off the trail you would not even believe it.
We decided to move the Olson warm up down to the junction of 550 and 553 so it is more accessible to work on in the summer.
By Randy Plett