Frosty Mountain is a 17.2 mile loop trail located near Okanagan-Similkameen, BC that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October.
Must do in October when the Larch trees are golden. The views from the top are amazing.
It was a nice June 19 day starting from the parking lot the ascent was moderate to challenging at first with switch-backs. After some 2 hours the trail levels somewhat until we reached a campsite with outhouse, bear cache, fire pit and, fresh water creek. A pleasant surprise. We set our tents there and enjoyed the rest of the day. Next late morning we trekked up to Frosty, encountering a remarkable stand of Mountain Larch (unique deciduous conifers, said to be up to 2,000 years old), delightful variety of alpine flowers, and patches of snow. Some scree slope is unavoidable to reach the summit. We experienced extreme runners swoosh by us (people can do this trail in a day if travelling light - we met a British couple in their 70's just returning from the peak, having started in the morning). Of course the view from Frosty Mountain was majestic. Back to 'base camp' for an enjoyable evening, a good sleep (though temperatures dropped to 3 Celsius) and a 2 hour walk out the next day. An invigorating and pleasant day or weekend trail.
Awesome views from the top. One of my favourite hikes. I like scrambling but if you aren't a fan of boulders or have knee injuries I wouldn't attempt this hike.
Oct late sept is definitely the time to go. The larches are gorgeous!
Beautiful trail all the way especially in October when the golden larch are at their peak. Bring light; it gets dark fast and early.