Length: 3.2 km
Condition: Usually groomed, can flood in early season.
General Route: Parallels the Gibson Pass road.
How to Find: Drive into the road leading to the main Manning Park Lodge. Park on the south side of the lodge and walk a few meters northwest to a turnoff immediately before the first of the cabins. Turn left, and ski down the kids toboggan hill.
Trail Description: This is a ski trail which is normally groomed in winter. From Manning Park Lodge, you ski down the toboggan hill then cross the Gibsons Pass Road. On the other side, is a T intersection - south is the Beaver Pond Trail and north is the South Gibson trail. This part of the trail may flood in early season. The next landmark is the road bridge over the Similkameen river. People skiing the trail usually cross the bridge along the edge, where there is usually a ski track. In heavy snow, the trail just crosses the Similkameen river directly.
Once across the bridge, you then come the new trailhead for the Windy Joe trail, [which goes off to the SE again following the south side of the Similkameen.] But the South Gibsons trail continues SW, paralleling the Gibsons Pass road, and climbing a hill that is sometimes a challenge with wax. Eventually you get to Twenty Minute Lake. Here there is a fork: [the north fork crosses the Lightning Lake spur then stays north to intersect the Lightning Lake loop at the north end of the north bay of Lightning lake.] The south branch goes directly to the east end of Lightning Lake.
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