Mount Outram is the highest Cascade peak north of Highway 3 (The Crowsnest) in Manning Park, British Columbia. There are two summits, the northern most one is slight higher than the southern. The rock quality is not the best, but the short scramble to the summit is only class 2 so it is not an issue. The hike is a tough one, totaling ~ 1800 meters elevation gain and 20 kilometers round trip.
The hike takes you through varied terrain ranging from thick, lush forests, to open meadows blanketed with wildflowers and heather, to barren rocky terrain and ending in a class 2 slightly exposed summit scramble that usually involved crossing snow fields.
Getting ThereDrive west on the Trans Canada Highway (#1) past Hope. Take highway #3, The Crowsnest / Hope Princeton Highway for 18.5 km until you enter Manning Park and park at the Huge Marmot statue alongside the highway. Below is a Google Map.
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Follow the signage form the trailhead with the large Marmot to the Engineer's road. Follow this well constructed (and in amazingly good condition) road east for just under 1 km. The take the trail north at a signed intersection and follow the trail up trough dense forest and over many switchbacks for several kilometers. Soon the trees start getting scarce and the views start to appear. After approx. 7 kms the trial enters a meadow interspersed with rock patched and boulder fields. At this point the trail is easy to lose but the rocks are marked with cairns and red paint arrows. Also at this point it is clear where you need to head, just keep going due north and keep going up. Do not head towards the false peak to the east, the true summit will present itself soon. After 11 kms you reach the final summit ridge which requires a short scramble to the south peak and another, slightly more technical (might even be class 3) to the north peak. The views are outstanding. In the winter you can bypass many of the switchbacks and obviously won't be able to find the trail. We hiked it May 31st and encountered snow about half way up and donned snowshoes shortly thereafter.
CampingThere is lots of Camping in Manning Park. See here for more details.
GPS Track - In GPX Format
GPS Track - Google Earth KMZ Format
I love history and here is a little about "The Engineers Road".
From 1857 to 1863 the Royal Engineers helped to lay the foundation of British Columbia. The Sappers were soldiers sent from England to build the roads, survey the land, plan the towns, draw up maps and even settle disputes of the new colony of British Columbia. When their tour of duty in British Columbia ended, most quit the army and settled here.
One of their tasks was to survey a route to the gold fields at Rock Creek. Miners were flooding across the border with supplies, mining the gold and then exporting it back to the U.S. All without paying import taxes or duty on the gold. It became obvious that is sovereignty was to be maintained, a "good mule road from Hope to Simiilameen" would have to be built. Edgar Dewdney of Hope was the low bidder at 76 pounds of sterling per mile. In 1861, portions of the Dewdney Trail were widened and upgraded to a wagon road by the Royal Engineers.