Flatiron Peak, BC

Flatiron Peak doesn’t have the good looks of some of the other mountain in the Coquihalla, like Needle Peak and Yak Peak, but it has a stunning location and lots of room for excellent wild camping. It’s a short hike with a lot of bang for your buck. It’s reached by following the same trail going to Needle Peak, then branching off before heading up Needle Peak.

Getting There

The trailhead in the Coquihalla Summits Recreation Area, the same as for Needle Peak. From Hope, drive east on the Coquihalla Hwy and take the exit at the Zopkios Rest Area. The trailhead parking lot is on the south side of the highway, opposite the Zopkios Rest Area. There is a rough gravel parking area.

Trail

The trailhead is west of the parking area, a little farther down a wide gravel path, just past a shallow creek and is marked by a green sign. The trail goes through some shady forest and soon begins ascending steeply, taking you up to a ridge. Once on the ridge, the views begin to open up, with the sculpted granite peaks across the highway becoming visible. The ridge leads towards the flank of Needle Peak. Flatiron Peak is the lower, broader mountain on the right. At a junction, turn right and follow the trail through a broad saddle between Needle Peak and Flatiron Peak. Once through the saddle, you will arrive at a nice little lake on the shoulder of Flatiron Peak. It’s an excellent camping spot, with a primo view of Needle Peak. From the lake, a trail winds up the steeply onto Flatiron Peak, which has epic views of the surrounding peaks and ones farther away, including Mt. Baker. Just ignore the ugly microwave tower on the peak. Depending on the time of year, there could be small tarns that can be used as a water source if you choose to camp up here.

 

       

   

 

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