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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-12-2020, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mt. Frosty & the Golden Larches Oct.11.29

This day was planned about 3 weeks advance, to introduce Mt. Frosty and the Golden Larches to Ricky Allan and Rick Deloof. Turns out we were about a week late after peak viewing conditions fr the Golden Larches. Still a lot of trees had their needles; .. it was an adventure .
Started at the lake, 9:15 am.. with mostly dry conditoins, as we headed up there was the odd sunshine peaking through. Made it to the cabin, where those aggressive whiskey jacks tried to steel Rick's trail mix. Beyond that 15 - 20 minutes later the golden larches start, hiked up through and continued up. Had no certain expectations of making the summit; with safety in mind, I encouraged Rick and Ricky to go as far a they liked. Turns out we made it to the summit. Very chilly wind; rock wall pit up there give partial shelter to have some lunch. Snow began to fall, and wind picked up causing snow to drift. Tracks were starting to cover up, so we headed down. People were still heading on their way up.
Down by the cabin, we stopped for snacks. Two small groups of people planned to overnight; ended up pitching their tents within the cabin. A little cozy to be sure.
Snow became thick and heavy; had to clear snow off my camera pack everytime I wanted to take a photo. few good handfulls swept off every 10 - 15 minutes.
By the time we descending to Lightning Lake, snow level had dropped to make the grounds white. Still was raining by Manning Park Lodge.
This turned out to be a 9 hour hike including lunch break at summit, two stops at the cabin, and one good one in the meadows. 1160 meters elevation gain from Lake to summit. estimate 20 km return.....

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LIGHTNING LAKE
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HEADING UP TRAIL, INITIALLY SNOW FREE - TO CAMP FROSTY CABIN, 7 Km from trailhead
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lots of carved and painted markings from prior visitors.
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INTO THE MEADOWS....
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BEYOND THE MEADOWS, MASSIVE FROSTY RIDGE, LOTS OF ROCK RUBBLE... Slippery path (packed) up.

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TRAIL MAKER......Junction of two trails; other comes up from WINDY JOE.
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HEADING BACK DOWN, into the meadows, lots of snow falling.
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LIGHTNING LAKE from trail...
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Too bad you missed the peak of the larches but the snow scenes are nice.
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I guess I'll have to go see them next year. With the Coq getting snow as well it's getting harder to find new hikes to do.
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Larches were early in Rockies too this season. Weather man is saying now early winter, colder than usual with more snow. Rockies are already white & it will keep snowing for rest of the week.


Re Frosty hike: On my trip I did loop return via Windy Joe & it was great. Need 2 cars though
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The Larches may not have been what was expected but it looks like you had a great day out there anyway. Lovely pics, such a beautiful area. The Cascades are so nice but we seem to spend all our time in the Rockies/Purcells or on the actual coast. Next year we have to get out that way again.

Our last trip the the Purcells, a few weeks ago was superb for larches, best we've had in years. Other years it just doesn't work

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Did you see this guy out there anywhere?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...park-1.5761043
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Good snow shots, thanks for the write up! Yeah, the larches turned earlier this year. My daughter and seven year old grandson went to the summit last week in sept and saw lots of golden larches, no snow except for a patch near the ridge.
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Did you see this guy out there anywhere?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...park-1.5761043
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Did not see anyone fitting his description; almost everyone we saw had company, a single companion or in groups. There appeared to be only one single solo hiker I saw at the summit.


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