Yak Peak is best known for its impressive granite slab face visible as you drive by on the Coquihalla Highway, just west of the toll booth. It is the highest peak on Zopkios Ridge, the other two being Nak and Thar Peaks. It's located 2.5 km southwest of Falls Lake. The peaks are arranged in a horseshoe which can be traversed in a long day from the highway.
Yak, similar to the famous Half Dome in Yosemite, is much steeper on one side than the other. In this case, Yak's north face is vertical and about 400m high. Despite a few attempts this face is still unclimbed.
The hiking route goes up to the Yak-Nak col then up the NE ridge to the summit. A small snowpack near the col, routinely gives rock climbers trouble when descending from Yak Crack or Yak Check in late summer and conditions are icy; it can be worthwhile taking an ice axe along, or planning to rappel it on descent, if your approach shoes are not stiff enough to kick steps. Or you can rap back down Yak Check (fixed stations).
Name Notes: Adopted in 1976.