Zupjok Peak (3-Peak Ridgewalk)

elevation: 1,835 m.
height gain: 720 m.
area: Coquihalla,BC
map 92 H/11
2019-Aug-31


Ref: Alltrails

neat vegetation


Neat vegetation on a tiny pond along the trail.
Hike: RT 8.0 (including Llama and Alpaca Peaks). For this weekend I returned to the Coquihalla region to hike the Zupjok-Llama-Alpaca Ridgewalk and spend the night on Alpaca Peak. Like my trip two weeks ago, the weather forecast was unstable but the chance of precipitation was minimal. I packed all my things in a plastic bag in case it rained and brought extra layers. I had been on this trail before but after coming face to face with a grizzly I turned around just short of the summit. I recall hearing grunts and noticing the bear through the trees, he/she was stumping the ground looking straight at me. If the bear had scared away, I most likely would have continued but this one stood her ground; maybe she had cubs. On this trip, I was especially diligent at making noise along the way. As I retraced my steps through the forest, I felt uneasy thinking about my past encounter. Engaged in a fast pace, I stayed alert. I was relieved when the forest opened up and I crested over the summit. The long gentle ridgewalk to Alpaca Peak unfolded ahead. Luckily the sun was out; before continuing, I took a brief break and enjoyed the fine view of the surrounding mountains.







top of zupjok

Markhor and Needle Peaks from the top of Zupjok Peak.

view east

Thar, Nak and Yak Peaks to the east (L to R).

northern view

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

ridgewalk

The 6-kilometer ridgewalk to Alpaca Peak unfolds.

zupjok peak


Looking back at Zupjok Peak.


Continue on to Llama Peak
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