The third great and wonderful hike in Manning Park in recent weeks. It was a fantastic Day as Paul and I hiked on an excellent graded trail to top of two peaks; Snowcamp and Lone Goat. 8 am start and return to car about 4:45 pm; included 1- hours for two rest breaks at Skyline-Snowcamp trail junction and on Snowcamp Summit. Lunch at top of Lone Goat. 24 km return 1000 meters cumulative elevation gain. so hiking time not much more than 7-1/2 hours ...
Big surprise is the amount of snow ,even some on the trail on flat part of Strawberry Flats before elevation gain began, north aspects the meadow areas before you ascend to the higher west leg of the Skyline trail snow patches were frequent and covering meadows. One of area of ponds were covered 60% with snow, more snow in trees and on trail higher up just before you enter the west leg.
That west leg of Skyline trail facing towards Snowcamp iis mostly snowfree, but we hit again when dropped down towards Snowcamp, a few cornice remnants were a little challenging to get up and over. Further on hiked along a series of large bumps (snow cornices degraded) pic#8. From there onto Snowcamp and Lone Goat. We met two young ladies who camped overnight at Camp Mowich..and had a nice chat for a bit before carried on... Large areas snow covered on north aspects, and remaining snow cornices still profound of size.
A bluebird day it was.
At near Manning Park Lodge
Trailhead for Strawberry Flats, for Snowcamp Trail 3/4 km from parking...
Open area, immaculate trail maintenance this part.
snow on trail, 500 m in from trailhead
Patchy snow on and around old bridge...
AT T-Junction: Skyline trail goes east, Snowcamp you go west...
views from t-junction
Trail mostly covered - banks of snow
VIEW west along Degraded Snow cornices
SNOWCAMP Summit, looking up
Top of Snowcamp, view down south/southeast
VIEWS FROM SNOWCAMP SUMMIT
view up Snowcamp's west ridge
on the trail
hiking along trail towards Lone Goat, view back east
SOUTH Slope approach up Lone Goat
LONE GOAT Pano views, most from lunch spot.
Broad sloping meadow , below Lone Goat.
EAST Facing slope - Lone Goat
WEST Facing slope - Snowcamp
Snowcamp viewed from T-Junction
area north of west leg Skyline Trail
Low-mid elevation group of ponds,with 60 - 70% snow cover
Waterfall... good drinking water...
All trails map and intro...
.. shows 20 km return, our GPS shows 24 km return from parking to summit and back.
All trails map showing route, except not summit...