Explore the most popular hiking trails in E.C. Manning Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

9 days ago

Thinking of doing this one the last weekend of September. Would love to know if there’s still water up there then! Please update if you go up there :)

Sep 2. Left parking lot at 8:46 am, summited at 12 pm. 2 hours and 10 mins back to car. Beautiful views up top, hike is medium hard. Puppy made it almost all the way, I carried her the last bit where the rocks were pretty sharp.

Perfect weather, beautiful scenery all the way. Lots of wind and cold at the top but manageable!

24 days ago

Left from the bridge on the way to lightning lakes. Easy going, but obscured view due to wildfires. Tons of wildlife activity in the first few kms, but didn't meet anything dangerous on the trail. Looking forward to the view without the smoke

on Windy Joe

hiking
1 month ago

great 1/2 day hike, 8.2 km one way, took us 3.5 hours to hike up, smoke from wild fires obscured the view so we will definitely do it again when there is a good view,

hiking
1 month 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!

Make sure you start this loop from the "correct" end. Difficult rating will be really different. Terrain varies from the alpine meadows to the forest on the Grainger Trail. Nicomen Lake is behind you the "pretty" is gone as it is all forest. it's amazing how 21 kilometers downhill can be tiring.

backpacking
1 month ago

Challenging trail but the views make it totally worth it. Beautiful vistas and wide alpine meadows full of wildflowers. Absolutely stunning. Hiked to Mowich camp and spent the night. Be prepared for bear encounters!

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

Hiked to windy joe two weeks ago. Challenging as you go straight up to get to the top. Once we were on the top the look out was locked, so we were not able to check it out.

Great hike, did it yesterday. Quite busy on the trail. The last part where you scramble to get to the first brother i found challenging, but overall glad i did it! Bugs were bad past the half way point.

July 7, 2018. Trailhead easy to get to, road well maintained. Car to 1st brother peak back to car in exactly 6 hours, walking at a leisure pace. Pretty easy hike, barely any steep parts. A few people on the trail but not enough to cause annoyance. Beautiful hike through meadows and up the ridge, with a short climb up to peak with beautiful views. A negligible amount of snow left, lonely lakes still frozen over unfortunately. Didn’t bother going up the other peaks as the view is the same and the first brother is the highest anyways. Barely any bugs. Really enjoyed this one.

hiking
2 months 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

It was a great little hike, not a lot of elevation. Late and river is absolutely stunning you really get some beautiful views. Although we tried to go pass the sigh that says dangerous and there was not much there is really rocky terrain. We turned around and came back. A great hike for someone who doesn't hike often but still wants to spend a day in nature. It took us all in all 7 hours to complete it but we didn't really make a lot of stops.

hiking
8 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.

great ridge hike and a good day hike loop. steady and steep up to the ridge then moderate ups and downs. great views of the chain lakes below and the surrounding peaks. limited water on the route except for creaks form the melting snow.

hiking
8 months ago

good in the summer or winter. moderate and consistent grade with nice wide path. in the winter snow shoe or tour up and stay the night in the fire lookout at the top. not much for views on the way up.

hiking
11 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
Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

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
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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