A group of Silver Creek Elementary and Hope Secondary School students summited Mt. Frosty, the highest peak in Manning Park, Oct. 2. (Submitted/Bruce Becker photo)

A group of Silver Creek Elementary and Hope Secondary School students summited Mt. Frosty, the highest peak in Manning Park, Oct. 2. (Submitted/Bruce Becker photo)

Hope students summit Mt. Frosty

A group of 19 students from Silver Creek Elementary and Hope Secondary schools sumitted the highest peak in E.C. Manning Provincial Park on Oct. 2.

The group took a school bus to the Lightning Lake trailhead and started a “beautiful but challenging” hike to the top of Mt. Frosty, Silver Creek Principal Bruce Becker reported. The group reached the summit of Frosty Mountain, at a 2,408 metre elevation. Compare this to Hope Mountain, Becker noted, which is 564 metres lower in elevation.

The group hiked the entire 24 kilometre trek on Friday, and got a good look at the larch trees that grow on a plateau along the hike. These alpine larches, some of which are upwards of 2,000 years old, take on a golden hue in the fall time as their needles change colour. “We had an amazing day!” Becker stated.

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Steven Talarico admires the golden larches on a joint Silver Creek and Hope Secondary school hike of Mt. Frosty. (Submitted/Bruce Becker photo)

Steven Talarico admires the golden larches on a joint Silver Creek and Hope Secondary school hike of Mt. Frosty. (Submitted/Bruce Becker photo)