mount frosty



Country: Canada

Location: BC, Manning Park

Round trip: 22 km

Start elevation: 1260 m

Final elevation: 2410 m

Maps: (1:50,000):  92H/02

Contributors: David Sellars/Alan Tracey/Paul Krystof

getting there

From Highway 3 in Manning Park turn south on to Gibson Pass Road.  The trail starts at the north end of Lightning Lake at the day-use area.

featured plant

Lewisia tweedyi

partial plant list

Claytonia lanceolata

Polemonium elegans

Penstemon davidsonii

Penstemon fruticosus

Fritillaria lanceolata

Oxyria digyna

Anemone occidentalis

Anemone drummondii

Saxifraga bronchialis

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Saxifraga caespitosa

Silene acaulis

Calypso bulbosa

Veronica cusickii

Erythronium grandiflorum

Caltha leptosepela

Erythronium grandiflorum

Viola sepervirens


Mount Frosty is the highest summit in Manning Park and the hike to the east summit is full of interest though rather long.  The trail crosses the dam on Lightning Lake and zig-zags up the forested slope above.  Short stretches of open area have a variety of flowers including Penstemon fruticosus.  Once the ridge is gained there are flat stretches of trail where in early July you will see Claytonia lanceolata and Anenome occidentalis. Higher on the ridge the trail crosses a lovely larch forest which is the furthest west that Larix lyalii can be seen in southern BC.

The boulder slope above the larch forest has Oxyria digyna and Penstemon davidsonii wedged into rock niches.  The rough trail gains a rocky ridge which is climbed easily to the east summit of Mount Frosty with several species of Saxifraga, Silene acaulis and Polemonium elegans growing among the rocks.  For a longer return, the ridge to Windy Joe can be followed.

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