There doesn't seem to be a lot of hiking activity around Nak and Yak. In fact, our group leader openly stated over the phone, 'Be prepared for a lot of bushwhacking.' He had a few reports from others on this 'grueling climb' which stated that the route started out marked but then slowly deteriorated to bushwhacking. However, we were not totally discouraged as one member of our group had climbed it before and rated it as a personal favourite. Still, we could see the snow and ice on the rock up above and were prepared for not making the peak today.
(Incidentally, a couple of days after the hike, I looked up one hiker's report of Yak Peak on the web. He described the route we opted for as "kind of hellish and should be discouraged as a sane option." )
We set off just before 8.30am. We started on a rough trail a few hundred feet from the parking lot. The way was steep with time spent climbing over rocks and tree roots. Slowly, the rough trail died out, leaving only the occasional marker. Our plan was to hike in the trees and avoid the rockface for as long as possible. Being in the trees did mean some bushwhacking but in general, the overall route finding went smoothly. Just in case, we had left ourselves plenty of time to backtrack or scout out alternate routes as required.
We reached the Nak-Yak col just 2 hours after leaving the parking lot. By this point, we were walking on a few feet of snow but it only made it that much easier to cross the scree slope up the ridge to Yak. And because it was there, we first climbed the unnamed bump along the ridge. Once on Yak, we enjoyed the views and a cold windy lunch break. We didn't stop long,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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