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hiking
10 days ago

Great hike with variety and fantastic views! Our pace was slower then normal so our timing is reflected in this. 2 hr 45 min in the trees to the campsite and this was the most incline with well placed switch backs. The creek had running water and the campsite included an outhouse and bear cache! Nice little set up. We dropped our bags and continued on. Opens up to meadows and some views! Eventually you will see a stream on the right, it was a cooking hot day so we stopped to enjoy the freezing chill! Carried on, and the path turns to rocks for the remaining ascent. False summit with great views after 1.5 hours and then walk along the rocky ridge another 30 minutes to the summit to enjoy the incredible views! Soak it in but make sure you take bug spray - they were pretty bad at the camp site, along the hike and at the summit. Not unbearable for me, but everyone has different tolerance levels. No wind when we were up there, but I’ve heard it can be windy... which would help with the bugs. ;) After the campsite you are out in the sun for the remainder, so keep that in mind if it’s a hot day. One person in our group really felt the heat, slower her down and needing lots of water. We did refill at both the stream and creek - filtering the water before drinking it. We did notice pink in the snow higher up. Keep in mind the creek could dry up so don’t depend on the water, make sure you bring extra - we happened to know there was water as a friend had just been up. We stayed overnight in the camping area, enjoyed a relaxing morning before continuing our descent, ready for a swim in lighting lakes! I’d love to go back in the fall to see the larches!

hiking
18 days ago

This was an easy hike, as stated. A few roots and a little minor incline with some rocky/ dusty/ pine-y terrain. Good to get into the trees and next to a lake on a very hot day. We did this trail with the West side first from the main parking lot, then looped back along the more treed East side of the lake.

The first half was dusty, exposed, super busy with many dogs running off leash and lots of people, and a little disappointing to be frank. The second half however where you turn back towards the main parking lot was very nice: lots of trees, not busy, and good access to the lake and a couple lovely streams for a dip.

If I were to do this again, I would definitely start around the East side, skip the entire West side and instead continue along past Lightning lakes and up towards Flash Lake etcetera to connect with SkyLine.

Overall not bad but not my favourite!

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike. Long so have plenty of water and snacks. We hiked from lightning lake to summit. The last km is all on the rock, very easy to lose the trail. I would love to some kind of markings on the rocks for the not so experienced rock climber can make it to summit safely. Otherwise what a view and experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, but you need to be prepared for the elevation gain. Just reaching the PCT camp 4 is pretty tiring then you get into a technical section with lots of road trees (20-30 fallen trees on the trail) and around 2000m elevation, you get on snow fields. At that point, we decided to get back on our tracks since the summit was not really achievable with our equipment and the loop by Lightning lake was pretty dangerous from where we were, very steep descent on unstable snow. Overall, great technical hike, I would recommend doing it around August. One thing to remember, its a long hike and you are far from help, so plan accordingly and take the decisions to ensure your safety even if you dont reach the summit. ;)
Philippe

hiking
7 months ago

do this in late September or early October when the larches are in full swing. starts out from the lake nad climbs steady through the trees untill you gain some elevation. then the trees start to clear and turns in a wide ridge hike though the larches. the peak is a few kms of true alpine scree trail. did it as an out and back but it would be great to link it up over to windy joe as an overnight. no water.

hiking
10 months ago

Long trail at 22 k out and back. Not steep, except at the end, which is a rough trail through boulders. Nice paved trail head. Mostly a ridge walk through golden larch meadows. No water on the trail, except a trickle at the campsite 2/3 of the way in. Good trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views, mild gradient, alpine meadows = good time

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

I loved this trip! Will always be one of my favorites...and really wasn't all that challenging. I camped overnight and had great company which made it even better. The view at the top was wonderful...and the scenery that surrounded me on the way there was also wonderful!

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

We hiked up Wednesday afternoon and camped at Frosty Creek for the night, then headed up to the peak the next day. The hike up was hard work, but worth it. The last section up to the peak was a bit of a scramble in some parts but there is a trail that led us up to the top. The view from the top was amazing. We took a break to eat and enjoy the view. We could see the smoke from the Princeton wildfire in the distance.

We were the only ones camped at Frosty Creek and it was a bit creepy being all alone so we decided to hike back out Thursday afternoon and stay at Coldspring campground for our second night. We didn't do the loop hike, just went to Frosty Mountain from Lightning Lake and back.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Amazing! Difficult but so worth it

backpacking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We did this trail coming from Windy Joe then going up the backside of Frosty Peak just this past weekend. The trail after the forest and meadows opens to more of a mountain face with switchbacks going up. Both our groups had difficulty finding the trail as there is still some snow on the ground. We took a few wrong and precarious turns before we found the path. You will then end up on a very difficult scramble. Take a breath and take your time going up the scramble. once you are there you'll hit the trail marker where you can either begin to summit Frosty or head down the frosty trail. To summit is only about twenty more min up and not as scary as what you just scrambled. (When we were up there we saw a mountain goat!) After that head down the trail to the frosty camp which has a really nice steam and a log cabin. (there still some deep snow on your decent down..) Overall a really great trail with great viewpoints the whole way.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Prime time bro.

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Amazing hike with my family.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice, easy trail with some beautiful flora and fauna. Missing a lot of signage and had a fair bit of deadfall, but overall really good.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Must do in October when the Larch trees are golden. The views from the top are amazing.

camping
Monday, June 22, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 06, 2012

Spring hikes around the lakes can be snowy! This year it was about 4ft or more deep.... Cub Scouts loved the snowy hike! Makes a short distance hike a little more work and time involved....

hiking
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Oct late sept is definitely the time to go. The larches are gorgeous!

hiking
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Beautiful trail all the way especially in October when the golden larch are at their peak. Bring light; it gets dark fast and early.

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on Lightning Lake Loop

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