I have been training for three months to do this hike. To reach the trailhead, after Hope take Highway 3 and drive for 18 km until you reach the West Gate of Manning Park Provincial Park. There, on your left, it is a parking lot that you can easily see because the entrance is adorned with a large carved marmot, this is where your hike starts.
The first part of the hike is a short section of Engineers Loop Trail across a talus slope.
This road was built in 1861 to take miners to the gold rush of Rock Creek and the Kootenays. The impressive rock walls are the foundation of a route that saw hundreds of men trudge the miles from Hope to the Similkameen with pack horses laden with supplies.
The road descended a little bit, on my left I saw a sign signposted for Mount Outram Trail . I followed the sign and very soon I started to gain height in a series of tight zigzags lying in deep forest.
Then I crossed Seventeen Mile Creek and from this point the trees started to become sparser and smaller.
Although this hike starts inside Manning Provincial Park, the mountain itself, and 90 per cent of the hike, is outside the park.
During the ascent, you will have the opportunity to look south into the North Cascades, there is one particular mountain standing above anything else, Silvertip Mountain. At 2596 m (8517 ft) Silvertip is the highest mountain in the Skagit area of the Cascade Mountains. The name refers to the fact that Silvertip's summit holds snow late into the year when the surrounding ranges are bone dry, and does not apparently refer to any mineral deposits.
Silvertip Mountan on the right
The forest soon yields into subalpine with views of Subalpine Fir. Subalpine Fir is a medium-sized tree growing to 20 m tall, exceptionally to 40-50 m tall, with a trunk up to 1 m diameter, and a very narrow conic crown.
I crossed an alpine meadow. I was visiting during the right time of the year (July-August) and I was able to see alpine flowers.
At around 1900 metres I have the first views of Mount Outram.
I keep walking on the left side along a rocky ridge. Here you can see an excellent example of a tree-line.
The tree-line or timberline is the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing. Beyond the tree-line, they are unable to grow due to inappropriate environmental conditions
On my right I saw a tiny lake nestled in the basin, a good camping area.
Walking along the ridge I have views of another alpine lake and on the background more views of the North Cascades including Mount Baker.
After Mount Rainier, Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade volcanoes: the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker (0.43 cubic miles, 1.8 cubic kilometers) is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world: in 1999, Mount Baker set the (unofficial) world record for snowfall in a single season. (1124 inches/93.67 feet/2855 cm)
So far I was doing well thanks to the well-graded trail. But the last part of my hike became a rocky scramble leading to the summit shoulder.