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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Default Lightning Lakes; the overnighter May31-June01

Last Monday I did the recon trip with my daughter to check up on trail conditions and such. Seemed like a good time this weekend to head into Strike Lake camp for an overnighter with a somewhat favourable forecast.
Now as most of you may know, technically anyone who camps overnight in Manning or other provincial parks is supposed to pay 5.00/ person aged 6 and over to camp. In the case of Manning, you can either purchase your permit online or buy them at the Lodge front desk. I bought mine online, which also registers your vehicle license plate number and an emergency contact. Good things for the parks people to know.

Good old Manning Park weather!


Based on my Monday recon trip I knew there was some blowdown to be negotiated after Rainbow Bridge. We get to the first area of blowdown and I see that it's been cleared...yay! But how much more would be cleared between here and Strike Camp? Soldiering onward..
Far end of Lightning Lake:

Now just before we get to the second lake in the chain, Flash Lake, we met up with three park rangers who are heading out. Wow there are actually 3 park rangers in Manning? Anyway they tell us that they just finished clearing the trail all the way to Strike Lake camp...yay! They also found my daughter's missing mitten from my Monday trip and gave it to us
Makes me glad I paid my 10 bucks for the camping permit.
Flash Lake:

Strike Lake:

Then 5 minutes after Strike, the camp. It's been a long-standing Manning petpeeve of mine that they place their camps in less than aesthetic places and Strike camp is no exception. It's even worse now with all the bucked-up blowdown and a new avy path that is dangerously close to camp.
Strike Camp

I brought an axe along with the intention of splitting up some of the big rounds that have been left lying around camp.
Ah camping; tis the goodlife!

Just a tiny bit of rain overnight but by late morning it was clearing up again.
Hiking out:
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Is fishing allowed at the lakes? That looks incredible.

Looks like a fantastic trip. I'm going to take my wife on her first overnighter to manning this summer. Will probably go up to kickinghorse though.
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Yes fishing is allowed in the lakes. Check the regs for specifics.
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To Lexie: "Did you have fun little one?"
Lexie: "Yeah! Wanna do it again!"
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Nice looking area. I like your pic of the trout spawning,very cool. I was gonna ask how the little one enjoyed her camping trip. Nice.
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Just a great like for this little trip. Exscape, how about some of your detail shots to fill out our filtered view of your experience?
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Lol Susie. I had the big childcarrier with Alexa on my back so there wasn't as much of the macro photography going on but yeah I can post some of my photos tonight.
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Inspirational. It's great you both (and Lex) are so keen on hiking. I'm considering doing something similar with Isaac but have yet to figure out the logistics for him plus gear.
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Inspirational. It's great you both (and Lex) are so keen on hiking. I'm considering doing something similar with Isaac but have yet to figure out the logistics for him plus gear.
agree. (I've been leaning towards bike/trailer or canoe to get kids/stuff to camp, and then day hike from there.)

This is a great TR. Inspiring me to 'get it together' this summer for some hike-in camping!
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Really like the beautiful pictures of blue sky and blue lake, what an awesome place for an overnighter. One of my favourite places.

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It gets tougher as she gets older too. I just returned from Elk with Alexa. She's now 30 lbs and the pack with daytrip stuff is another 15 lbs, so it gets pretty heavy. She sure loves the outdoors though.
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As of today, the rhodos are in full bloom at the flats, in case anybody is interested in seeing them.
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