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Yak Peak  British Columbia   #3458
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades / Zopkios Ridge

Height: 2039 m -> 6690 feet
Prominence?: 500 m  
Line Parent?: Vicuna Peak (6.5 km away, at bearing 327 degrees)
Greater Parent: Guanaco Peak (7.0 km away)

Location:   49.60685,-121.10502     49:36:25, -121:06:18   10U 636908 5496645 (2 km SW of Falls Lake). (26 km W of Tulameen). NTS Mapsheet: 092.H.11   AreaCode: EM91/GB00
First Ascent:  possibly C.E. Cairnes or George Dawson c. 1906
Yak Peak PhotoTopo
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.

Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members.

Trip Reports within 1 km
36 2015.06.07 Yak - Nak - Thar Circuit - Scramblers Version Rex Gutermuth
20 2010.10.07 Yak Peak: the standard hiking trail Route Tim Gage
22 2002.09.21 Kicking the Yak - Cleaning Refrigerator-Sized Block on Yak Peak Alex Joseph
47 2002.08.05 Weekend Warrior - Four Alpine Climbing Trips Near Chilliwack Drew Brayshaw
36 2002.08.05 Yak Check Pitch By Pitch "Opinionated" Description Route Drew Brayshaw
21 2000.09.15 Yak and Nak - New Trail Route Peter Gumplinger
16 1999.10.16 Yak, Nak and Thar Peaks Peter Gumplinger
21 1998.08.08 Yak Peak via "Yak Check" Russ Schwartz
40 1998.06.01 Coquihalla: Rescue Attempt on Mt. Thar - 'A Fools Errand!' Ross Sturgeon
16 1990.08.15 Yak - Scrambler's Route To Summit via Nak - Thar col Route Drew Brayshaw

2013.04.21 Location of Yak Peak Robin Tivy

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
15 Yak Peak PhotoTopo Drew Brayshaw
13 Yak Southeast Face Drew Brayshaw
9 Yak Peak from Base of Slabs--East End Steve Sproule
8 Yak Peak from the Northwest Robin Tivy
8 Yak From Southwest Drew Brayshaw
7 North Face of Yak Peak (from Zoa) Robin Tivy
7 Nak and Yak Greg Jones
6 North slopes of Yak Peak Klaus Haring
6 Yak from Coquihalla Vida Morkunas
5 Yak Check photo and topo Eric Cytrynbaum
5 Yak Peak Southwest Aspect - Sunrise from Highway Alex Joseph
3 Yak Peak - Surfing the Big Granite Wave Cam Shute

Placename Photos
13 Steinbok and Gamuza from Ibex Drew Brayshaw
12 Thar-Nak-Yak : Zopkios Ridge North Faces (Summer) Drew Brayshaw
10 Northwestern View from Yak Peak. Simon Chesterton
8 Yak Peak - Yak Check (Pitch 11) Lyle Knight
7 Near the peak of Yak Don Luymes
7 Flash Storm on Yak Crack Lyle Knight
7 Yak-Check Paul Morton
7 Nak and Yak from Thar Drew Brayshaw
7 Needle Peak from The Flatiron Steve Sproule
7 Nak Peak Bowl Jordan Best
6 North Faces - Yak and Zopkios Ridge from Zoa Drew Brayshaw
6 Anderson River Panorama (Labelled) From West Drew Brayshaw
5 Zopkios Ridge Peaks from Needle Steve Sproule
5 Yak-Thar Col Dave Sproule
4 Offroute on Yak Check Drew Brayshaw
4 Needle Peak - Crux Scrambling Section of NE ridge Drew Brayshaw
3 Looking South to the Sub-Summit of Yak Peak Jared Clark
3 Yak and Zopkios Ridge from West - Winter Drew Brayshaw
3 Coquihalla Highway Avalanche Areas near Yak Peak Frank W. Baumann