It was a matter of following hiking reports posted by others on conditions of the Larches, and decided last Saturday 12th would be about right, and it was.
A fine day adventure to Mt. Frosty and the Golden Larches for sure; . Overcast clouds frequented the sky, but fortunately there was no precip and we stayed dry.
Late in day some blue sky afternoon sun appeared, for that we cheered.
Our meeting in Chilliwack 7:15 am; saw us appreciate the sunrise and off we went .. with Wil, Jana, and Cameron as my trustworthy companions.
By the time we parked and go geared up we hit the trail for a 9 am start ,with the day ending with us back to the vehicle shortly after 5:30 pm. This hike at this time of year never disappoints.
Note very icy trail right up from Lightning Lake up to the end of the steep part of trail, touching onto the plateau. Snow nicely cmpacted, and microspikes got us where we wanted to go. Snow was really shallow and melted in spots, 5 -10 cm most of the way to the cabin. In the meadows and up Frosty steep rock trail itself, more like 20 to 30 cm, with drifted and bare areas.
I let the pictures speak for themselves.
Curious pattern... of snow and snow covered trees on right side of road compared to bare clean forest and ground to our left.
Starting off from the Lightning Lake Dam.
First open area: first view.... Strike Lake and others in valley below and west.
The Frosty Camp Log Cabin
The Golden Larches, and meadows.....
MT. FROSTY -northern slopes.....
More of the Meadows...
Steep trail amidst scree up to shoulder of Mt. Frosty
On the north terminus... trail junction met with Windy Joe Trail.
Ridge leading to Mt. Frosty Summit
ON THE FROSTY SUMMIT
TRUE SUMMIT ahead....some challenging scramble to get there.
....mountains to the south, in the north cascades.
Back down.. following trail return thru the larches... sun came out...yeah
At Frosty Camp........washroom occupied...
Backdown... Lightning Lake...