Golden Larches - Photo: Vernon Hyde Larch trees on Mount Frosty in Manning Park, BC - Photo: Adrian Burden Larch trees on Mount Frosty in Manning Park, BC - Photo: Adrian Burden Larch trees on Mount Frosty in Manning Park, BC - Photo: Adrian Burden

The air is crisp, meadow plants are turning crimson, the skies feature migrating birds of prey, and Mount Frosty’s Alpine Larch trees are turning a glorious gold.

Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii) grow at the alpine treeline, surviving harsh winters by dropping their needles in the fall. This deciduous habit is a practical adaptation to the extreme environments where they grow, and a spectacular show for hikers.

Some of Mount Frosty’s larches are truly ancient. Core samples reveal that some of these monarchs are over 2,000 years old, beginning life when the world’s greatest superpower was Rome!

Physical Demands
Participants must be in good physical condition with previous hiking experience.
You don’t have to climb the whole mountain to enjoy the larches. You can reach the best larch groves by hiking 9 kilometres (one way) while gaining 775 metres of elevation, for a round-trip distance of 18 km. But if you want to summit Mount Frosty, you’ll climb 1,150-metres on 11 kilometres of trail, for a round-trip distance of 22 km. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the North Cascades Mountains.

ITINERARY

Saturday, October 4
7:00 AM Arrive at Owl Street Café for check-in and pick up bag lunches.
Note: if you would like to have breakfast, come at 6:30 AM to leave enough time.
7:30 AM Depart Owl Street Café, drive by car to Manning Park.
8:30 AM Arrive at Lightning Lake Day-Use Area in Manning Park.
8:45 AM Hike Mount Frosty Trail (22 km round-trip, 1,150 m elevation gain).
5:30 PM Hikers return to Lightning Lake Day-Use Area Parking Lot.
6:30 PM Cars arrive back in Hope.

COST

$75 per person
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Includes guided hike to Mount Frosty, delicious bagged lunch from Owl Street Cafe, and leaders with local knowledge and first aid certification.

MEETING PLACE

Owl Street Café in Hope (click HERE for map). All participants must arrange their own transportation.
See additional map for trailhead location and detailed view of Mount Frosty Trail.

WHAT TO BRING

Participants should be prepared for the demands of changing mountain weather and physical exercise.

  • Extra food and water (at least 2 litres per person)
  • Hat and sunblock
  • Sun glasses
  • Sturdy footwear and two layers of socks — nylon inner sock and thick wool outer sock.
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes for winter conditions
  • Short pants for hiking
  • Knapsack
  • Moleskin
  • First aid
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

CANCELLATIONS

If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY

Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Register online to reserve your spot.  Call 604-869-1274 or email us at lklassen@hopemountain.org for more information.