Trip Date: Feb 12, 2012
Participants: Ed Zenger, Geoff Zenger
Report: With Britt’s recent back injury, and a rather rotten forecast, I wasn’t going to be heading out of town this weekend, and so the question became one of finding a reasonable trip to go on without driving far, that I had never done before, and that wouldn’t require good weather. In the end, I managed to convince my dad to head for a quick jaunt up Mt. Fromme from Prospect Road. We set out in a slight drizzle, ascended up the mountain biking trails to the Peer Jynt trail, and then up Bill’s Trail to the summit. Remarkably, despite it being early February, our snowshoes stayed on our backs and we made the full ascent and descent without needing to put them on. We didn’t encounter any snow until around 775m, and the snow wasn’t continuous in the trees until around 850m!
It was snowing slightly at the summit despite the temperature hovering above 0, and at the summit we had no views whatsoever. From the perspective of wanting an interesting destination or wanting great views, Fromme isn’t a great place to go, but it is somewhere slightly off the beaten track despite its closeness to the city, and at this time of year, there are no crowds whatsoever. Total return trip was around 4 hours 15 minutes.
Verdict: 1/3. Go there once, or if you just want some exercise on a rainy day, but there are better options nearby.