Ascent of Coquihalla Mountain on 2020-08-10

Climber: Brandon Boulier

Date:Monday, August 10, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Coquihalla Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7077 ft / 2157 m

Ascent Trip Report

Class 4

Notes: After a miserable day on Tulameen, I kind of anticipated a similar experience on Coquihalla. The crappy 3 km side road of the Tulameen FSR road didn’t give me much confidence either. It was very slow going and I bottomed out the back end of my truck at least three times. I should have just walked the road as I did not save much time and ended up with more damage to my trailer plug outlet. I parked my truck and walked the last few hundred metres of the road to the TH. From here there was a great trail all the way to Illal Meadows. My morale improved and I walked towards the base of the route for Coquihalla. The trail veered south and then suddenly ended in nasty dense shrub and tree growth. I plowed my was a few hundred feet to an opening below my intended route. From here there was a bit of navigating to get on the ridge proper. Once on it, the route was straight forward. There was a good variety of hiking and scrambling. some sections were steep but the rock relatively good. A few knife edge sections were also encountered. Just before the summit ridge, there is a difficult down climb requiring 4th class moves to get down. I spent about 10 minutes trying to find a feasible way. I back tracked slightly and down climbed and traversed a sketchy slab section with very little holds. It wasn’t overly exposed and is why I choose this line. Once in the notch, there was a lot of stiff and exposed 3rd class scrambling to the summit. On the way down back at the notch, I climbed a different line slightly south of the notch and up exposed 4th class steps. I saw this line when I was on my way up the peak, but didn’t like it because I couldn’t see were it descended to. After that I followed the route the same way I came up and even managed to avoid the nasty bush section at the base of the route. Overall, I was quite happy with this peak. Views were great and there are a lot of small lakes and tarns in the area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4065 ft / 1239 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4.
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4065 ft / 1239 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Start Trailhead:3012 ft / 918 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brandon Boulier
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