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Default Strawberry Flats to SnowCamp & Lone Goat Mountains June 25/20

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
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Trailhead for Strawberry Flats, for Snowcamp Trail 3/4 km from parking...
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Open area, immaculate trail maintenance this part.
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snow on trail, 500 m in from trailhead
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nice waterfall
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Patchy snow on and around old bridge...
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AT T-Junction: Skyline trail goes east, Snowcamp you go west...
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views from t-junction
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Trail mostly covered - banks of snow
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VIEW west along Degraded Snow cornices
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SNOWCAMP Summit, looking up
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Top of Snowcamp, view down south/southeast
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VIEWS FROM SNOWCAMP SUMMIT
glacial lilies
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heading down...
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view up Snowcamp's west ridge
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on the trail
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hiking along trail towards Lone Goat, view back east
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SOUTH Slope approach up Lone Goat
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LONE GOAT Pano views, most from lunch spot.
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Broad sloping meadow , below Lone Goat.
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EAST Facing slope - Lone Goat
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WEST Facing slope - Snowcamp
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Snowcamp viewed from T-Junction
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area north of west leg Skyline Trail
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Low-mid elevation group of ponds,with 60 - 70% snow cover
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Waterfall... good drinking water...
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All trails map and intro...
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All trails map showing route, except not summit...
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Thanks for the great Manning Park updates Karl, I enjoyed this hike a few years back, time to do it again!
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Thanks for the great Manning Park updates Karl, I enjoyed this hike a few years back, time to do it again!
you are welcom martin. Love this hike, could repeat it a few more times.... might do an extended version later to include the Hozameen leg of the trail.


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Great report and timely since we are planning to do this this weekend. I was wondering if the trail is still easy to follow even when snow covered? Was the trail snow covered when you drop down into despair pass and if so was it still easy to find your way?

Thanks!
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Great report and timely since we are planning to do this this weekend. I was wondering if the trail is still easy to follow even when snow covered? Was the trail snow covered when you drop down into despair pass and if so was it still easy to find your way?

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Hi JODIEO

Just saw your post today; you are probably already hiking up there. The only confusing part is the part when you drop down from Skyline towards Snowcamp,; where snow covers the trail. When in doubt try to hike up to the high side (left side) of the trail when you are going in. I expect by this time further melt has happened. When we hiked in, large part of the descent only the odd large pile of snow blocking the trail.

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