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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hike was done during this exceptional stretch of high-pressure sunny weather in mid-October. It is one of nicest ridgewalks you can do in Coquihalla area! My only prior trip was classic Needle scramble -- coincidentally 9 years to the day (where did the time go?). Loose plan was to head to Flatiron first, then on return repeat the Needle. Having never been on Flatiron before I didn't realize what beautiful ridge system lies beyond & Needle revisit was scratched in a hurry. Instead I just indulged myself by wondering around on what I learned later was called "Twin Bears Ridge". I also spent way too much time by that gorgeous lake below Flatiron -- it was hard to leave! On return, instead of going over Flatiron, I dropped more directly to the lake (off-trail talus and grass) before re-joining the trail.



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[Beautiful little tarn 45min to an hour from the parking as the steep part is behind; it was tempting to just spend here the day!]


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[Heading towards Flatiron (center, sharp eyes can spot the missile tower) just past Needle junction]


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[Beautiful Fall colors as everything invites you to head over and explore]


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[I'd really appreciate if someone can help with peak ID here; I believe it is Anderson group in foreground, but no clue about background; Urquhart might be one?]


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[Needle reflections at that beautiful lake below Flatiron]


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[Flatiron Lake pano; perfect camping spot!]


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[View back to the Lake and Needle after easy ascent on grass and small peeling slabs on the left side]


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[Small fissures filled with water already iced with overnight temps below zero]


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[Two Needles!]


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[Pano from Twin Bears ridge looking back; it is not entirely flat as there are small intervening gaps that need to be crossed, but never challenging]


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[Illal, Jim Kelly and Coquihalla (?)]


Day ended with ~16km and ~900m vertical, 6 hrs. One of nicest fall alpine hikes I've done in a long time and now I quite regret I did not spend more time exploring Coquihalla area before.
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Looks like an awesome day out! Flatiron is a Coquihalla classic, and one that we'll keep repeating. Hadn't heard of Twin Bears before, have to check it out next time we overnight up there. Great pic of the Coquihalla/Illal area; different angle than I'm used to seeing.

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Nice pics and cool trip. It's been a few years now since I went up The Needle.
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Awesome pictures! I haven't past Flatiron myself and have been eyeing that ridge as well. That's Gemse Peak in the foreground, and with help from GE I think those are peaks north of North Kwoiek Creek in the background, west of Nikaia.
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Awesome. Last time I stood by that communications tower I got married...
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Love that hike. As always enjoyed your Beautiful photos

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Awesome. Last time I stood by that communications tower I got married...
How has that communications tower turned out as a life partner?
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I deserved that.
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How has that communications tower turned out as a life partner?

LOL Sneaky!
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Beautiful!
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It's "Two Bears" not 'twin Bears". Named after the avalanche chute that Highways bomb.


See for instance http://coastbackcountry.com/2009/02/...ears-traverse/
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It appears "Two Bears" is correct based on Internet search. I was looking at Spectrum report when I posted this & assumed he was right. Simonc has it "Two Bears" as well & it is hard to think he can be wrong.



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Why am I not hiking the Coquihalla region more?

if you're not hiking you should be skiing
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Those are some excellent pictures from one of our favourite hikes.
We were there 2 weeks ago and were stopped by 2 1/2 feet of snow just before the pass! Didn’t think we needed snowshoes yet
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Awesome pictures! I haven't past Flatiron myself and have been eyeing that ridge as well. That's Gemse Peak in the foreground, and with help from GE I think those are peaks north of North Kwoiek Creek in the background, west of Nikaia.
Yes,I believe the big mountain on the left in the distance is Skihist,our highest peak in Southwestern. B.C., the area defined as west of the Fraser river and south of the Pemberton icefield,or south of the Chilcotan plateau .Hidden away west of Lytton its the big massif south of Stein valley. usually accessed from Kwoiek creek area. Not well known or often visited.A good view of the massif can be seen from highway 97c from a roadside viewpoint around the mine....
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