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.
Photos tell the story; I am not particularly familiar with the peaks around, so if I messed up somewhere please correct me
[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!]
[Heading towards Flatiron (center, sharp eyes can spot the missile tower) just past Needle junction]
[Beautiful Fall colors as everything invites you to head over and explore]
[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?]
[Needle reflections at that beautiful lake below Flatiron]
[Flatiron Lake pano; perfect camping spot!]
[View back to the Lake and Needle after easy ascent on grass and small peeling slabs on the left side]
[Small fissures filled with water already iced with overnight temps below zero]
[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]
[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.