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Cache is Tupperware type container, containing Geocache notice, logbook, pencil, cards and a few trade items, located within the root system of trees, overlooking Frosty Mountain, at the larches meadows on the way up to Frosty Mountain, in Manning Provincial Park, BC, 2.5 hr drive east of Vancouver. Return hike to the larches meadows is approx 5 hours (16 kms return), to Frosty Mtn peak is 7 hrs (20 kms return)
Larches are deciduous conifers. As their needles are not waxed, they turn gold in the fall, just like leafy trees. They grow only at approx 2000 m elevation, and are very old (see sign photo with info). They are generally found in the Rocky Mountains and Manning PP in south western BC is their farthest point west. Some are estimated to be 2000 years old.
Early fall is the best time to see them. At this time, they look glorious, with their black trunks and gold colour. On a clear day with blue skies, they look even better (see photo).
Start at the Lightning Lakes parking lot, N49* 03.774 W120* 49.562 ($3 parking fee). The trail heads out at the east end of the lake. It's well marked and well groomed. It's 8 kms and 800 m up to the larches meadow, but only of moderate difficulty because of the good condition of the trail. At approx 6.5 kms, you'll come to the Frosty Creek Wilderness camp site (N49* 01.865 W120* 49.806), complete with camping sites, an outhouse and a cabin (you probably want to avoid going into the cabin. I would fear deer mites). At this time of year, the snow starts just beyond the camp site. However, on Oct 8, 2005, the snow was just a sprinkling on the surface (see photos) and there was no problem walking in hiking boots.
The cache is at the larches meadows, on the sw (right) side, with a view of Frosty Mountain, the highest peak in Manning PP.
The summit of Frosty Mtn is at 2410 m, and on a clear dry day, can be reached approx 1 hr after the larches meadows. It is a treacherous hike up, so unless properly equipped and experienced, don't attempt this if there is snow on the ground. Also, on the way up to the summit, you can meet the trail up from Windy Joe. If you have 2 cars available, you can do a circuit hike
(No hints available.)
- Cache located in this root system (above ground)
- Cache locationLook for this opening on your right as heading south towards Frosty Mtn. Cache is on your left as you get to the crest.
- Frosty MountainView of Frosty Mtn from location of the cache. That's the summit on the right
- Larches in goldLarches in gold, with blue skies and sprinkling of snow on the ground
- Larches meadowsThe larches meadows with sprinkling of snow on the ground
- Lightning Lake, late afternoonPark here for the start of the hike ($3 fee)
- Sign explaining the larches
- The cabin at Frosty Creek CampAt 6.5 kms, 1911 m up, with camping sites, outhouse and a creek with water in the summer.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum