One of the benefits of moving to Chilliwack (I still really miss Vancouver!) is I'm within an hour of four fabulous hiking destinations--the North Shore of Vancouver, Manning Park, the Coquihalla summit, and the Chilliwack River valley. Today I attempted to summit Frosty Mt. in Manning, as it was too darned hot to stay close to home. It was exactly what I needed.
The first 7 km rises through the forest, keeping me cool and giving the occasional view of Lightning and Flash Lakes, where the trail began.
I lost the trail several times in the snow. I am a confident solo hiker, but I am not prepared for trail-finding, and a few times I had to choke down my fear and calm my shaking. I do NOT want to be that person who ends up in the news having to be rescued because of lack of preparedness. Kudos to Daryl from Kelowna, the only other hiker I saw that day, who happened upon me, turned me the right way, and blazed the trail with footprints to follow.
I stopped for lunch at the nicest viewpoint thus far, congratulated myself for a hike well done, and descended back to soak my feet in the lake.