Note: Please also see the other posting in called " Frosty Mountain Larch Meadows" on trailpeak, with pictures, comments, an alternate description and GPS data.
First you start from Lightning Lake and you go up through forests with pine, hemlock and cedar. There are a few viewpoints along the way. Below the Larch Plateau there are wildflowers and when you are on the Larch Plateau there are larch trees that are over 2000 years old. They are not that big but they lose their needles during the winter. In the fall their leaves turn a pretty orange colour. After the Larch Plateau you head up a very rocky trail and then you are at the top. At the top there are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. This mountain is the highest mountain in Manning Park and will not disappoint. The trail continues down the mountain to Windy Joe Mountain and finishes near the Similkameen Canyon Nature Trail. Make sure to purchase topo maps for the area, and be able to determine position and gauge distance. For an overview map of the Manning Trails, some of which (such as Heather Trail
) are also on Trailpeak, see the Manning Trail Map which is given out at the visitor centre in Manning Park.
In Manning Park, you start on the south eastern end of Lightning Lake or start by the Similkameen river.
To get to Manning Park, simply drive East from Vancouver on Highway 1 through Hope, and then along Hwy 3 towards Princeton. It will only take 2 to 3 hours.
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Posted By: vpigeon
- Sun Oct 07 13:55:46 EDT 2007
CommentRedid this hike on Sat Oct 6, 2007. No snow at parking lot, very little snow for first 2 k, then the snow starts. By the time you reach the larch meadows, probably 60 cm of snow on the ground. Bring your snowshoes.
Posted By: klucke
- Sat Sep 10 10:41:26 EDT 2005
Upsideone of the best views ever. the alpine flora is breathtaking in late season.
Downsidetoo many people seem to know of the beauty of this hike
CommentWe stayed overnight close to the top and enjoyed a once in a liftime sunset.
Posted By: mearp
- Thu Jun 16 18:01:52 EDT 2005
UpsideGood day hike, with scenic rewards. Variety of terrain.
DownsideStill patches of snow at the moment. KM's 8-10
CommentTrail markers say 11km to peak. It took us more like 6 hrs round trip, out and back.
Posted By: dmarr
- Wed Jan 07 22:38:53 EST 2004
UpsideGreat panoramic views to the American Cascades, etc. If there is still snow on top, the larch meadows make a fine destination.
DownsideSees a lot of traffic. The lower portions of both trails to the top are in the woods woods with few views. The Windy Joe seation is a somewhat boring road hike.
CommentBring your camera and hope for a clear day. You may have to fight the temptation to keep going once you reach the top.
Posted By: mmehnert
- Mon Feb 24 22:36:57 EST 2003
CommentI MADE A MISTAKE WHEN ADDING THE TRAIL. THIS TRAIL ONLY TAKES 5 HOURS AND I ALSO ADDED PICTURES BUT THEY AREN'T SHOWN.