Yak Peak


elevation: 2,039 m.  height gain: 830 m.
area: Coquihalla Summit,BC
map 92 H/11
2019-Aug-05


Ref: Alltrails
The trailhead is less than 1 km from the Zopkios Rest Area on the Coquihalla Highway. Park at the rest area and walk east along the highway for about 800 m. Once you reach the cement barrier, count 5 lampposts. At the fifth lamppost look left down the slope and you will see a cairn with some flagging tape.

yak peak


Yak Peak from the highway.
Scramble: RT 6.0; 2.5 up. While driving the Trans Canada Highway, it's impossible to not notice the impressive sheer granite slabs of Yak Peak. It's the highest peak on Zopkios Ridge and it sits right next to the road. With no approach, this objective is very popular with both climbers and hikers. It grants great views with minimal effort. The well-trodden trail leads to the slabs; if you're lucky, you might see climbers up high on the granite face. It then skirts the base of the slabs and climbs towards the Yak-Nak Col. Caution is required on some steep and slabby sections. Just before the saddle between Yak's north (true) and south summits, there's a drift snowpatch that could be interesting under certain conditions. Both summits lie close to each other and deserve a visit. It is possible to easily include an ascent of Nak Peak and even a further traverse to Thar Peak. The 10-kilometer Yak-Nak-Thar Traverse is well documented on the internet.







ascent

Short well-trodden trail in the forest.

talus slope

Nearing the impressive granite slabs.

impressive slabs

Climbers are often seen on these sheer slabs.

trail at the base of slab


The trail follows the base of the slabs for a short distance.


yak's summits


The south peak on the left and the north (true) peak.


needle peak


Looking back at typical slabby terrain near treeline.


saddle


Almost at the saddle between the two peaks.


alpaca peak


To the west, an enjoyable ridgewalk over Zupjok and Llama Peaks leads to Alpaca Peak.


needle peak


Markhor and Needle Peaks with The Flatiron on the far right.


coquihalla mountain


Jim Kelly Peak and Coquihalla Mountain.


north-west view


Alpaca, Vicuna and Guanaco Peaks (L to R).


south peak


Looking at the southern peak from the summit.


nak peak


Nak Peak to the east.


true summit


Looking back at the true summit.


across the highway


The view across the highway is stunning.


peaks in the states


South-western view towards the North Cascades of Washington.
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