A high and lonely, desolate mountain of volcanic rock, highest summit of the Bedded Range. The peak is located south of the Coquihalla River's headwaters and can be viewed to good advantage from Needle Peak. Best access is from the Tulameen area. Some of the ridges on Coquihalla allegedly offer interesting class 3-4 scrambles. The area around Coquihalla is frequented by snowmobilers in the winter months.
The summit itself has 3 peaks lying in an east-west line. The highest is the west peak, at 2157m. The east peak is 2121m. The three peaks can be traversed, with the most difficult being between the center and west peak - a knife edged ridge, exposed class 3 with steep drop on both sides.
Geology: The volcanism which created Coquihalla occurred in the early part of the Tertiary era, during a period when the "line of fire" resulting from subduction was further inland than it is today. Peaks like Garibaldi will probably look something like what Coquihalla does now, in another few million years. Similar old, eroded volcanoes may be found dotted down the east side of the Cascades.
RIDGE NAMES (clockwise)
- east ridge, ending in the east subpeak
- the south flank (southeast ridge, not very distinct on map)
- The southwest ridge, very sharp on map at 6000'
- the west ridge, bends south, down to the col with Carry E3
- The north ridge (goes west from peak, then north)