The trail starts at the West Gate parking lot, which marks the western entrance to Manning Park. The trail briefly follows the Engineer's Road which is in the park, but at the Ghospass/Outram junction it leaves the park. The trail is not maintained by BC Parks, and while it is still very well marked and maintained, there are more deadfalls then you would find on a trail in the park.
|The western entrance to Manning Park|
|Wildflowers in the meadow|
|The climb from the meadow|
The trail went onto the scree slope, and pretty much stopped being a trail. From this point the route was marked with red paint on the rocks, though at times it was very hard to find these markers. The "trail" went up pretty steep at times, and these rocks were extremely hot. Every time I thought I was at the top, I saw another long climb on these rocks ahead of me. It seemed like it would never end. Eventually I reached the top of the mountain in considerable pain.
|The summit of Mount Outram|
The views from the top did justify the pain it took to get there, though it took me a few minutes before I had the energy to appreciate them.
I was pretty satisfied, until I looked down and realized I still had to descend the talus. I can safely say that going down was much, much more difficult than going up. The footing was incredibly difficult at times, and the rocks felt even hotter.
|Going down this wasn't fun|
From the meadow back to the parking lot wasn't really difficult, but I was pretty sore for the last little bit. The hike is only 9 km each way, but it feels like a lot more. I'm glad I did it, but it did take me quite a while before I stopped feeling the affects of it. I can safely say that it made my feet hurt.
You can read more about the hike here.