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Frosty Mountain Trail

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13.3 mile 21.4 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,846' 1,172 m
Descent: -3,846' -1,172 m
High: 7,785' 2,373 m
Low: 4,111' 1,253 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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A singletrack trail in Manning Provincial Park leading through larch meadows to the summit of Frosty Mountain.

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This peak is a popular summit, and provides excellent views, especially in the fall. While the climbing on trail can be steep at times, reaching the summit is well worth the effort. Use caution, especially on the talus slope that you'll have to navigate before the summit.

Description

The trailhead for this route is located at Lightning Lakes. The highlight of this trail is a meadow of larches shortly before the summit, where the larches turn a brilliant golden color in late September to early October. These larches are the furthest west of their range in Southwestern BC.

There is a short talus field for 30-45 minutes before the summit. In the middle of this, there is a branch of trail that goes towards Windy Joe Mountain (Frosty Mountain Loop Trail), and this can be used to turn the trail into a loop.

The summit cairn and elevation marker are the end of the maintained trail and where nearly all people end their outing. The true summit is actually a 45-60 minute return trip, with exposed areas and scrambling.

Flora & Fauna

Larches! Marmots, pikas, whiskey jacks and lots of other wildlife.

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Sep 11, 2019
Catherine Kaczynski
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Frosty Larch Meadows
Sep 23, 2017 near Princeton, BC
More larch meadows
Sep 23, 2017 near Princeton, BC
Frosty Mountain Panorama: Fresh autumn winds blow across a mountain landscape,
Sep 26, 2017 near Princeton, BC

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