Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Mount Frosty 07-23-17
I've been planning Mount Frosty for quite some time. I've heard many things about this hike, primarily how long the hike is. While most would classify Mount Frosty as difficult, I would realistically call it intermediate. The only thing that makes it difficult is the possibility of injury or death while scrambling the steep section to the lookout point, and of course if you wish to truly make it to the top then you have to traverse a ridge walk over to the main peak. With so many awesome hikes around Vancouver, Mount Frosty is on my list of "Must Do" hikes as well as one of the few that I would actually do again in the future.
I met up with Gilbert and Amy at the Chevron Petrol Station in the morning. We carpooled over to Manning Park, my second favourite hiking destination after the Coquihalla. The weather at first was a bit cloudy but when we arrived the sun finally broke through and the weather warmed up. The trail, like many other trails in Manning Park (except Silverdaisy) was well marked and well maintained. We did encounter a few other hardy travellers, but it's nothing packed like the horrid mess that Joffre Lakes is. Every group I take out has a different dynamic and this was my first time hiking with Gilbert and Amy. Amy has the same fitness level as me, and Gilbert is in better shape than I am. He and I took turns taking the lead, and we didn't stop much other than to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.
Along the way we did meet up with an older couple who mentioned that there was a mountain goat on the main ridge area. We were excited to see this, as none of us have ever seen one in person before. As always, we carry a can of bear spray for protection but I wasn't sure how effective it would be against a mountain goat.
As we reached the campground we stop to take a rest, eat a quick lunch and continue. The campground itself looks to be in poor shape and has been vandalized over the years. The outhouse was quite rancid, although I would say it isn't anything like Wedgemount which was horrible it can change your lifestyle. We continued on past the small creek and up towards our goal. The terrain was actually quite easy, and we saw glimpses of our final destination in the distance.
Eventually we made it up to the area where we had to scramble. Right at the top was the lone mountain goat, and it was right on the trail. It didn't seem to be concerned about the human presence, and actually travelled down the trail. We had to step aside to make way as we knew that if he rammed us we would be in serious trouble. By then a number of adventurers were backlogged on the trail waiting for the goat to leave. When it did, we finally made our way to the lookout point. After realizing that the lookout point wasn't even the true summit, we decided to make our way to the ridge walk section and have our lunch right at the top. I never like to semi-complete something, and I've been looking forward to this for a long time. While it can be dangerous and is better left for experienced scramblers, it's nothing like deathly like Brunswick Mountain. We made it to the top, basically leaving all the other adventurers behind. We did meet up with another small group when we reached the peak. Unfortunately for me, in all the excitement in the parking lot, I forgot to bring my full lunch and my extra water bottle. I finished up both bottles of water and all of my food. I remember on my way back I was going as quick as my body would let me, despite being dehydrated and hungry. Thankfully Amy and Gilbert shared what they had with me. I was tired but we did refill ourselves at the Tim Horton's back in Hope.
Finally, we did it. After hearing about Mount Frosty for some time, I can finally say I have completed it and have shared it with two awesome people. For more pics, check out my Meetup group!