Coquihalla Mountain British Columbia #1131 (FA26)
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Bedded Range
Height: 2157 m -> 7077 feet
Prominence?: 816 m
Line Parent?: Tulameen Mountain (15.8 km away, at bearing 195 degrees)
Greater Parent ?: Snass Mountain (29.0 km away)
Location: 49.52528,-121.06028 49:31:31, -121:03:37 10U 640374 5487659 (10 km S of Falls Lake). (22 km W of Tulameen). NTS Mapsheet: 092.H.11 AreaCode?: EM91/FA26
First Ascent: Sunday August 13, 1933 E. G. Lucas, R. G. McEachern, F. R. Healey all of Coalmont, BC)
|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)
1. Approach via Illal Meadows Trail From Hope, drive up the Coquihalla Highway, over Coquihalla pass, down and just past the Coquihalla lakes. Then turn right and double back south on the Tulameen River FSR. Drive to km +19, and turn onto Ilall Creek Road and drive +3.2 km to the trailhead of the well used Ilall Meadows Trail. Trail puts you at the Jim Kelly-Coquihalla col, where a small lake provides good meadow camping. From here you can climb either the north ridge or the south flank.
2. South Flank Ridge Class 3. This is the easiest route up the peak. From the Jim Kelly - Coquihalla col at 6200', drop south toward Jim Kelly creek, then traverse along the south side of the peak at about 5800'. You will reach a rocky ridge, at which you angle upwards, working your way through the cliffs and onto the crest of the ridge. The final 100' to the summit is a bowl, with loose rock underfoot.
3. West Ridge Class 3. From the map, the final 1000' would appear to be straightforward. However to get to the col at 6000' would appear to be be a long route. If you try to come across the north side of Coquihalla, there are cliff walls which could force you down to 5000'. There is no record of anyone using this approach. From the north side of the mountain, the north ridge looks more logical.
4. North Ridge Class 3-4. From the pass at the east end of the peak, descend a few hundred feet into the pass and began skirting along the north flanks of Coquihalla Mountain. Staying close to the ridge crest is the best rock.
There are a few near vertical steps of 4th class climbing along the route but enjoyable. At the top of the north ridge, the route goes up a step and then joins the west ridge and from there it is an easy stroll to the summit.
Trips within 1 km
56 2012.07.28 Coquihalla Peak via South Flank Ridge Robin Tivy
40 2006.08.06 Coquihalla Mountain - Traverse over the three peaks Ed A Klassen
61 2005.07.14 Coquihalla Mountain - A North Ridge Ascent Justin Brown
|Subject Photos View Thumbnails|
17 Coquihalla Mountain Area - Panorama Stephen Skog
15 Coquihalla Mountain - View east over 2 subpeaks and Jim Kelly Justin Brown
12 Coquihalla Mountain - Final Part of West Ridge Justin Brown
10 Mount Jim Kelly and Coquihalla Mountain from the Northwest Martin Ortmayr
10 Summit Camp on Coquihalla Mountain Justin Brown
9 Coquihalla Mountain - North Ridge Justin Brown
8 Coquihalla Mountain - South Slopes Justin Brown
8 Coquihalla Mountain - North Side in Winter Drew Brayshaw
8 Peaks of the Coquihalla - Northeast Aspect Justin Brown
7 Coquihalla Mountain - North Face (Winter) Justin Brown
7 Coquihalla Mountain from Needle Steve Sproule
6 Coquihalla Mountain from Jim Kelly Tim Gage
5 Coquihalla Mountain in Winter Stewart Douglas
4 Coquihalla Mountain - East Ridge Fred Touche
4 Coquihalla Mountain - East Side Fred Touche
13 Steinbok and Gamuza from Ibex Drew Brayshaw
11 Thar Peak and Coquihalla Mountain Greg Jones
10 Coquihalla Mountain and Mount Jim Kelly at Sundown Drew Brayshaw
7 Jumping Mouse near Coquihalla Mountain Robin Tivy
3 Looking South to the Sub-Summit of Yak Peak Jared Clark