Poland Lake

December 17, 2016

To reach the trailhead follow Highway #3 (Hope-Princeton Highway) 67 km east of Hope to the intersection just passing the Manning Park Lodge. Turn right onto the road and follow it until you reach Gibsons Pass ski area.

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Doing this trip in winter will cut 6 kms out of your hike.

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Start your hike on the right side of the alpine/rental shop.

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On your way up you can have good views of Snow Camp, Lone Goat, Red and Hozameen mountains.

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Snow Camp Mountain (Top Right)

Once you cross over the ski run you leave the ski hill area. There is an area map signposted there.

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The trail at this point can be a little confusing, after five minutes do a slight right turn, eventually you will reach a fire access road and then you will resume you west approach gradually making your way across the shoulder of Bojo Mountain.

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Hozoomen, Lone Goat and Red Mountains

After 15 minutes you will reach a flat area, if you look north you will be seeing the Subalpine Meadow area and First Brother Mountain.

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Although this trail primarily skirts along side the mountains and not through large meadow areas, in summer there are incredible floral displays throughout the route.

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The spreading phlox is especially outstanding.

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For cross country skiers and snow-shoers, Manning is a true paradise.

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The extensive network of self-guiding nature trails, from the 500 meter (one-third of a mile) Beaver Pond Trail to the 66 kilometer (41 miles) Cathedral Provincial Park Trail, that host hikers, backpackers and horse riders in the summer, becomes the domain of cross-country skiers when winter's confetti weds these hills to niveous tranquility.

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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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Once you reach the lake, you can go either right or left.

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The trail to the left, around the south side of the lake, is the fisherman's route.

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This tends to be wet and marshy early in the season and usually has a few windfalls.

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The route to the right, on the north side, is the regular path and is usually fairly dry but you can come across wet sections once you reach the far end of the lake

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A wilderness shelter and a set of pit toilets are located at the far end of the lake along with a creek which flows into the lake. Poland Lake does not thaw out until early July.

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The spring flower bloom often occurs later here than up in the subalpine meadows so it is an opportunity to see spring flowers that are often otherwise missed.

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Poland Lake

Map

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Roundtrip length: Around 11.4 km (7.08 miles)
Allow 4 hours
Elevation gain: 626 m (2053 ft)

Download route in GPX format (eTrex, Oregon, Montana and GPSmap)

Download route in TCX format (Garming Edge)

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