I had spent the previous few days ski touring around the Coquihalla Mountain area and from there, looking northwest, I could see some pleasant terrain around Needle Peak and The Flatiron with high, snow covered ridges dropping southwestward toward a small isolated summit called Portia Peak. This looked like a nice, remote little outing and would be our planned trip for the next few days. It was a Saturday in the early afternoon and, after a run to MEC to rent some snowshoes for Nancy, we departed my home in Coquitlam for the Coquihalla Region. Doing the usual detour through Hope, we pitstopped at the Blue Moose Cafe for excellent paninis and a couple of coffees; some last minute body fuel for the days ahead.
We arrived at the Zopkios Ridge Exit just before the Coquihalla Highway tollbooth at around 3pm and parked at the rest area across the highway from the sand sheds. I've parked at the sand sheds before but never for longer than a day. Although it could be okay to park there for a few days, there is a sign reading ""No Unauthorized Entry"" so I decided not to take the chance.
As we entered the forest near the trailhead, we were pleasantly surprised to find the ground nicely covered(about 50cm) with snow. Crunch,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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