This was my third attempt --and first this year-- to reach Cascade Lookout in winter. The road is open once the snow has melted, which varies yearly and closed after Thanksgiving. If you want to reach that viewpoint with only snowshoes you must be crazy and be in a good physical shape.
This road leads to some of the most extensive sub-alpine meadows in Canada. Mid-July to early-August offers stunning alpine floral displays.
There are several ways to know someone, after this demanding hike the respect and admiration that I feel for my friends is now stronger.
On some switchbacks we got views of the Lightning Lakes.
In this road, park staff take students to teach them winter survival skills such as digging a snow cave or building a Quinzi.
We had very good viewpoints of the road winding its way to the lookout.
After 3.5 hours we reached the lookout. A freezing wind was our constant companion during our 20 minutes visit.
From here we have a magnificent view of the Similkameen Valley including the lodge/restaurant area and all of the Lightning Lake area.
Round trip: 438.5 km (275 miles)
Round trip: 15 km (9.4 miles)
Started at 1117 m (3665 ft)
Finished at 1675 m (5495 ft)
Elevation gain: 558 m (1830 ft)