Cascade Lookout
Frosty Mountain
Lac Le Jeune
Lightning Lakes
Monument 78
Poland Lake
Pasayten
Three Brothers
Windy Joe
Pasayten
2004-October-10

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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. 

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Salmon runs of the Okanogan were recently classified as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Gold was discovered on this area around 1853.  Some individual and crazy miners visited this river between 1860 and 1900. 

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Round trip distance from Vancouver: 515 km (320 miles)

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