Snow Camp Mountain

October 27, 2015

To reach the mountain you take the Skyline I trail at the Strawberry Flats end.

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Skyline I

Skyline I is a good, sturdy full day hike for most hikers. It encompasses a variety of terrains and environmental zones, and on a clear day it offers stunning panoramas.

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Hozomeen Mountain and Snow Camp Mountain

You walk through dense Engelmann spruce and alpine fir forest. There is a meadow at 3.7 km. This area is more sheltered and good for sighting spruce grouse and three-toed woodpeckers, and for hearing crossbills, nuthatches and hermit thrushes.

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Red Mountain

Red Mountain is named for the colour of its exposed iron ore deposits.

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Despair Pass

The trail comes to a sharp turn at 5.9 km, just above Despair Pass, which is the junction with Skyline II; it offers the first glimpse of Thunder Lake, the western-most lake in the Lightning Lake chain.

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Skyline II veers west and drops into Despair Pass. Following along the ridge the trail takes you to Snow Camp, 1980m, and Lone Goat, 2004 m, mountains.

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Snow Camp Mountain

In summer, the views and wild flower meadows along this trail are spectacular.

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Strike Lake (center) and Frosty Mountain (right)

Directly below Snow Camp Mountain is Thunder Lake and Mount Hozameen dominates the southwestern skyline.

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Gibson Pass Ski Area

Gibson Pass Ski Area, more commonly known as Manning Park Ski Area is not owned or operated by BC Parks, instead by the current park facility operator, Manning Park Resort. The land is used through a lease with the provincial government.

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The park was named in memory of Ernest Callaway Manning, Chief Forester of British Columbia from 1936 to 1941 (not to be confused with Ernest C. Manning, Premier of Alberta from 1943 to 1968). Mr. Manning was killed in an airplane accident in 1941.

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Frosty Mountain (2423m)

Frosty Mountain is the highest summit in Manning Provincial Park. The peak has two summits: the lower east summit (2410m/7900') and less than 1 km away, a higher west summit (7950').

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Lone Mountain (1817m) - avalanche path -

The terrain in Manning Park, varies from wet coastal rain forests, to jagged snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, to a chain of small lakes, and broad river beds along the valley floors.

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Hozomeen Mountain is a double-summited rock peak on the east side of Ross Lake in the North Cascades of Washington state.

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Ridge used to ascent Hozomeen Mountain

Despite its modest absolute elevation, it is notable for the large, steep drops from both of its summits to the surrounding terrain.

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Hozomeen Mountain (2,460m)

Hozomeen was first named when attempted in 1859 by Henry Custer.

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Cascade Mountains on the American side

In the survey notes, he noted that the Indians called it "Hozameen" (with an "a"). However the survey spelled it Hozomeen (with an 0).

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Hozomeen Mountain (left)

Today, the Canadian topo maps spell the adjoining ridge "Hozameen Range", but the American topo maps and most guidebooks spell it as Hozomeen.

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Thunder Lake

Thunder Lake, the last lake of Lightning Lakes Trail is probably the best rainbow trout fishing spot in the park due to its remoteness and isolation from major water stream which guarantees hungry fish jumping out of the water.

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Thunder Lake and Hozomeen Mountain

Click here to watch video with views from Snow Camp Mountain

Map

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1. 49.0666874404997 -120.884759305045 Elev 1401m - Trailhead
2. 49.038695236668 -120.919514950365 Elev 1842m - Despair Pass, go right
3. 49.0313027333469 -120.939021063969 Elev 1900m - Leave main trail, go right
4. 49.0334144700319 -120.942980172113 Elev 1981m - Snow Camp

Roundtrip length: Around 16 km (9.94 miles)
Allow 5.5 hours
Elevation gain: 580 m (1902 ft)

Download route in plain text (waypoint + text format)

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Driving distance from Vancouver:
226 km (140 mi)
Driving time from Vancouver: Approx. 2.5 hours