DIRECTIONS: From Vancouver: Drive east on Hwy #1 to Hope (160Km). Take Coquihalla Hwy (Hwy #5) and drive north for ~20Km. After you go through the avalanche tunnel, drive for 3Km and take exit 217. Park by the green warehouse.create
Jan 15, 2017
Gorgeous clear blue day in the Coquihalla summit park!
Snow is really well consolidated and there is a wide path kicked down by snowshoers and shaved by skiers all the way to Flatiron with a lesser trail up to the shoulder for Needle (the first scrambling section).
The wind on the shoulder was off the hook, coming from the North even though there was no wind prior to that... it was being channeled up the valley directly north of Needle. We did not get up onto the shoulder due to time constraints and the snow/ice made it a little sketchy.. or at least sketchy for this day and not within our comfort zone.
This is a fantastic easy access hike in this incredibly aesthetic area. If you are looking for something in the 4-6 hour range definately recommend this hike in the winter (or summer of course).
Parking: We parked at the maintenance shed on the south side of the highway along with 5 other vehicles.. you can park there without any issues as long as you are out of the way of the vehicles (salters, plows, etc...)
As far as gear.. we used/needed snowshoes all the way to the shoulder, and our crampons never left our packs and we probably only crossed paths with no more than 10 people all day...
Stay safe and have fun!