Yak peak Sept. 24 2021
The end of September and the weather was about to change for the worse so we made the drive from Vancouver up the Coquihalla for a day trip to Zopkios ridge. After parking at the lot we had to walk east down the highway for 15 minutes or so to reach the trailhead. Hopefully someone will rough in a trail off the road so you dont have to walk on the busy highway truck entrance and highway. After crossing the lower drainage of the ridge we ascended through the forest where you eventually come to an obvious boulder chute with markers going up. This leads directly to the iconic south face of Yak that you see from the highway. Then you follow the bottom of the face east and up to enter the upper ridge. Yak can be seen there straight ahead as you ascend the open drainage. It is behind the bump which is the top of the south face. There were massive amounts of late season blueberries here.
There was no snow yet so our timing was right. We brought our crampons and axes but left it all in the car. It turned out to be a warm end of summer day there. Yak peak itself from there is an easy ascent up the rocks on the south side of Yak where a trail is marked. To the east the ridge carries on and I could see another days worth of ridge rambling in the future. We carried on across the ridge to Nak peak. There we watched below as two mountain goats established territory amongst themselves in an orderly fashion over a half an hour. As we looked south at the sun in the blue sky we saw a sun dog, a ring around the sun. This is caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere I believe. After overnighting at Flatiron this summer I came to understand that this area is the end of the line for all the coastal moisture carried up by the strong orographic winds around here.
This is a super little day hike and I was surprised how quick it was to get up, 2 1/4 hours from the car. No real exposure unless there was snow and the mixed nature of the route up and down makes it interesting for using hands, etc. Glad we got out that day as October has been a washout here on the coast!
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