hiking in manning park
Wander along the Similkameen River past Lightning Lake to the Strawberry Flats for shorter hiking routes, or climb to various lookout points to experience the majesty of the Cascade Mountains. For the experienced backcountry hiker, your trek options are limitless, from accessing Windy Joe and Frosty Mountains to the original Skyline Trails. View wildlife and wildflowers as you go, through vast meadows and quietly beautiful forests.
Whatever trail you choose, hiking at Manning Park Resort promises both a scenic and exciting outdoor adventure!
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, 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.
For information on EC Manning Provincial Park please visit the BC Parks website, where you will find full details on campgrounds, trails, and fees.
Below is a list of trails in the park. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly due to weather conditions.
BC Parks has implemented precautionary, backcountry trail closures within E.C. Manning Provincial Park as a result of both the Garrison Lake and Fat Dog Creek wildfires.
For more details and a list of open and closed trails, read the full update.
park trail map
bc parks trail report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the eastern end of Lightning Lake.
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.
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.
20.4km loop / 7-9 hours / elevation change: 775m. Begins at Spruce Bay parking lot or Strawberry Flats.
12.5km to Mowich Camp / 5 hours / elevation change: 469m. Begins at Strawberry Flats.
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.