There some places of Manning Park still waiting to be explored by me and I decided to explore for the first time the trail that joins Manning Park and Cathedral Provincial Park.
I was trying to figure out an alternative route to route Monument 83 on Manning Park. Besides its length (over 23 km - 14.3 miles - roundtrip) some map-reading and orienting skills are required if you don't want to get lost.
Looking over the trees, you can see the Okanogan National Forest on the American Side. Something that bothers American environmentalists is the extensive logging along the U.S.-Canada border. I witnessed heavy logging when I was driving down to the trailhead.
Something that I love of this area is the sheer length of the continuous wilderness walking. We were climbing and climbing and then I asked myself, "What the hell I am doing here?" Then I realized that I was hungry.
With a sunset at 6:00 p.m. we stopped to have lunch and come back. If everything goes as planned for next summer I would like to end this hike.
Going down we have some views of the Pasayten River. This river runs into the Similkameen River, which recrosses the U.S.-Canada border and feeds into the Okanogan River.
Salmon runs of the Okanogan were recently classified as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Gold was discovered on this area around 1853. Some individual and crazy miners visited this river between 1860 and 1900.
Round trip distance from Vancouver: 515 km (320 miles)