Last year I had an enjoyable cross-country trip to Cascade Lookout. This time I was a little more ambitious and I was looking to reach the Sub-Alpine Meadows. It is supposed to be a 17 km one-way trip on a windy and steep road.
As Manning Park is located in the Cascade Mountains the hiking season is dependent on snow levels. Most high elevation trails are not open until late June or early July.
It was a cloudy day but still I was able to hace nice views of Frosty Mountain. Frosty Mountain is the highest summit in Manning Provincial Park. The peak has two summits: the lower east summit (2410 m - 7900 ft) and where the trail to the peak ends and the higher west summit about 60 minutes further on.
Frosty Mountain (2426 m - 7959 ft -)
The Manning Park area was created by the activity of giant glaciers thousands of years ago, which carved U-shaped valleys between the mountains.
Manning Park Resort and Thunder Lake
At 8 km I reached Cascade Lookout, on a sunny day the views from the lookout are spectacular and an absolute must for anyone visiting this park. From the parking lot you can hike the Dry Ridge Trail.
This time the cloudy day helped me to skip the lookout and instead, keep going the remaining 9 km towards the Sub-Alpine Meadows.
Manning Park, combined with the Skagit Valley and Cascade Recreation Areas, as well as Washington State's North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake Recreational Area, is part of a huge transboundary park complex.
This design follows the principles of conservation biology, aimed at promoting connectivity. By connecting wild spaces together wildlife are provided with corridors between intact areas and enough range in which to feed, migrate, and adapt to changing conditions.
Back to my hike, the trail was getting more difficult to cut and I was starting to sink due to the rising temperatures of the afternoon. I was still one hour or 4 km away away from my final destination but there is that old saying that says "The mountain will still be there next year" to what I added it "but I won't if I keep going".
Blackwall Peak (2063 m)
Time to come back and be glad that once again I was giving the privilege to enjoy the backcountry in the demise of winter.
1. Elev: 1191m N 49:03.899' W 120:47.181' Parking
2. Elev: 1375m N 49:04.238' W 120:47.411' Viewpoint
3. Elev: 1487m N 49:04.508' W 120:46.938' Viewpoint
4. Elev: 1682m N 49:04.238' W 120:45.841' Lookout
5. Elev: 1931m N 49:05.340' W 120:46.282' Viewpoint
Round trip : 24.6 km (15.38 mi)
Elevation gain: 740 m (2427 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Driving distance from Vancouver: 220 km (137.5 miles)