Our first hike in Manning Park and it was great. We really lucked out on the weather, as it was relatively clear throughout our hike and then the clouds rolled in as we were driving out and the rain continued for a couple of days. The time of year was great, as it still warmed up to around 15 C during the middle to end of the hike and many of the larches had turned to the golden yellow colour they are famous for. Nice gradient for the first 80% or so of the hike, then starts to get steeper as you approach the Windy Joe turnoff. That is probably the most difficult part of the trail, as the shale/rocks are somewhat loose and the trail is not super well-defined, though it is still very manageable. Very windy along the top ridge, I guess that's why there is a nearby peak named Windy Joe haha. The little fort/rock ring at the top was a nice shelter from the wind. Views from the top are amazing, nice to see views from a region that we hadn't explored before. Will definitely come back for this one! We decided to stay at the Manning Park Resort/Lodge because I happened upon a groupon and we didn't want to leave Abbotsford super early before the hike and we were pleasantly surprised by the Resort, very clean and comfortable! :) Full hike took 7 hours car to car.