Distance (Round Trip): 18.5 km
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1821 m
Location: Hope / Manning Park
Manning Park is a beautiful place to hike and Mount Outram is one of my favourites with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, wild flower meadows in mid-summer, and varying terrain. I hiked this one in July of 2018.
The trail head begins right at the border of Manning Park where the marmot sign is if you’re coming from the direction of Vancouver.
This is a difficult hike even if you are in the best of shape so be prepared! It’s a long 9.2 kilometre ascent, some of it over a large rock slide, to a rocky peak so make sure you have good hiking boots with adequate ankle support. Poles would be helpful too, especially for the descent if you’re prone to knee problems.
The first section begins with an easy incline through a cool shady fairy tale-like forest. I nearly expected to see Hansel and Gretel and the witch’s candy cabin in this part.
The trail eventually opens up to a lovely view and grassy meadow.
I am such a fan of alpine meadows. Any residual anxiety left over from everyday life immediately disintegrates at this point along any hike. I can walk for hours through terrain like this in total awe of Mother Nature.
I had to giggle at this scene below. Yep, I get it! I do this too! If you love wildflowers be sure to bring your camera or at least your phone, a good light option for a hard hike like this one.
The trail plateaus for a short bit near a small lake at the foot of a bluff. This is a great place to refuel and take a break.
Don’t be fooled while you sit here enjoying the view and your beef jerky. This is not the peak! There is much more challenging terrain to navigate beyond this. The trail continues to the left along the treeline.
Remember to stop every so often, look behind you, and take in the breath-taking view along the way. It all makes the hard climb so worth it!
This is just the beginning of a rock slide that can leave some feeling a little unsteady. The slide is stable and not going anywhere but some of the rocks can wobble so you’ll want to take this part slowly.
It felt good to be past the rock slide and onto a ridge. The 360 degree view is so stunning!
When you think you’ve made it to the true summit, though, you haven’t.
The true summit is behind us in the photo above.
If you are terrified of heights you may want to enjoy the view from wherever you feel most comfortable on the ridge. Getting to the true summit is a bit of a scramble so you need to be as sure-footed and as confident as a mountain goat.
I didn’t dare go there. It’s good to know your limit and be content with where you’ve managed to get. That’s still a huge accomplishment! It’s breathtaking from anywhere up here.