Manning Park's hiking and walking opportunities are unique and varied depending on one's interest and ability – from a 15 minute walk to a 5 or 6 day hike. This 70,884-hectare park is comprised of rugged mountains, vast forests, sub-alpine meadows, sun-dappled lakes, and white water torrents.
Below is a list of trails in the park. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly due to weather conditions.For information on EC Manning Provincial Park please visit the
BC Parks website, where you will find full details on campgrounds, trails and fees.
Pdf Trail Report
Wilderness Camping Information
Map of Manning Park
Lightning Lake Loop: 9km return / 2.5 hours. Begins at Lightning Lake Day Use Area or at the Spruce Bay parking lot.
Lightning Lake Chain: 12 km one way / 3.5-4.5 hours. Begins at Day Use Area; or 10 km one way / 3-3.5 hours. Begins at Spruce Bay.
Rhododendron Flats: 0.5km / 15 minutes. Begins on Hwy 3, approximately 9 km east of the west portal.
Castle Creek/Monument 78: 12km one way / 3.5hours / elevation change: 200m. Begins at Monument 78/83 parking lot. Winter nordic or snowshoe trail only.
Dewdney Trail: 36km one way / 14-16 hours / elevation change: 1131m. Begins at the Cascade Recreation Area parking lot and ends at Dick's Cabin in the Cascade Recreation Area.
Heather Trail: 21km one way to Nicomen Ridge / 8-10 hours / elevation change: 292m. Begins at Blackwall parking lot.
Hope Pass Trail: easy-moderate 23.5km one way / 10 hours / elevation change: 1000m. Begins at Cayuse Flats.
Bonnevier: 25km one way / 8-10 hours / elevation change: 950m. Begins at Blackwall Peak parking lot.
Frosty Mountain Trail: 29.3km or 27.7km depending on route / 9-11 hours / elevation change: 1150m. Begins just past dam on eastern end of Lightning Lake.
Grainger Trail: 17.5km one way (includes 6km along Hope Pass Trail) / 5-7 hours / elevation change: 952m. Begins 25km west of the Visitor Centre at Cayuse Flats.
Monument 83: 16km one way / 5 hours / elevation change: 850m. Begins at Monument 78/83 parking lot.
Pacific Crest Trail: 13km one way / 4 hours / elevation change: 450m. Begins at Windy Joe/Pacific Crest parking lot on the Gibson Pass Road.
Poland Lake Trail: 8km one way / 2.5-3 hours / elevation change: 435m. Begins at Strawberry Flats parking lot.
Skyline I: 20.4km loop / 7-9 hours / elevation change: 775m. Begins at Spruce Bay parking lot or Strawberry Flats.
Skyline II Trail: 12.5km to Mowich Camp / 5 hours / elevation change: 469m. Begins at Strawberry Flats.
Whatcom: 13km one way / 6-7 hours / elevation change: 1082m. Begins at the Cascade Recreation Area parking lot.
Windy Joe Mountain: 16km return / 4.5-5.5 hours / elevation change: 525m. Begins at Windy Joe / Pacific Crest parking lot on the Gibson Pass Road.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. During the winter season, all trails are closed for hiking due to snow. The plants in this park are susceptible to winds, rain, extended periods of dry weather, heavy snowfall and a very short growing season. For this reason we ask that you and your pets stay on the trails and please not trample or pick the flora. Thank you.
Great views, good climbs and quick descents sum up mountain biking in Manning Park. Many of the biking trails are on fire roads so they are fairly wide. Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers and horses.
Backcountry trails permitting use of mountain bikes:
Monument 83, Windy Joe, Poland Lake, East Similkameen, West Similkameen, Lone Duck, North Gibson and South Gibson.
Mountain bikes are permitted on all roadways throughout the park.
Horse riding is another fantastic way to enjoy some of the scenic backcountry trails in Manning Park.
Please be advised that Manning Park Resort does not have horses for rent.
Trails permitting horses are: Monument 83; Dewdney; Windy Joe; Skagit Bluffs, Similkameen East and West, North Gibson and Little Muddy. Horse Camping is available at the Headwaters Corral located near the Resort Lodge and back country horse camps are available on the Dewdney and Hope Pass trails.
For more information about bringing your horses to Manning Provincial Park please visit the Back Country Horseman of British Columbia website.