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This has been one of my favorite trails for years. A beautiful ridge walk, a few easy scrambles and great peek through the eye of the needle just before the summit.

hiking
28 days ago

Loved it. Challenging if you fear heights but fantastic views.

Astonishing view, it is worth the sweat

rock climbing
1 month ago

amazing Hike!!! one of the best I have ever made in Canada! we had really luck with the weather and the view was so amazing and also the hike up to the summit was challenging and so enjoyable if you are fit :D
even some free climbing was possible, but you have to be sure, what you are doing :D

Too foggy to see anything, can't wait to try again

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake. Only issue is the way wash room was built.

The scramble was too much for me and my friend, it seemed more like rock climbing at points. We followed the footsteps at the beginning of the hike (there was some snow and was our first time) which led us way off trail. Ended up taking 2hrs45mins to get past the needle peak/flatiron lake junction. 1hr10mins down. Very easy to find your direction, highway was nearly dead North and could see it from most viewpoints. 10/10 will hike again later this year!

Awesome hike. Took us 2.5 hrs to top of peak. Recommend bringing a wind breaker and gloves for the scramble at the end! Amazing views. Great hike for whole family, less adventerous people can split off and go to the lake!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to the ridge on Saturday but got rained out. Came back on Monday and got to the peak. Weather was awesome with no trace of smoke in the sky after the rain on the weekend. Loved the scramble sections, wish they were longer! This trail should be rated as hard because of the scrambles and steep first section. If the Flatiron trail is rated hard in AllTrails, this one is definitely hard. (I backpacked Flatiron last year). Would go do it again! (I don't like that the AllTrails map shows a circular route, thats now how most people hike it and the east ridge looks very challenging.)

This is definitely one of my favourite hikes. This year I went in August, but a couple years back I went in September and the blueberry bushes had turned bright red making for quite the spectacle. This hike can be as long as you want it because there are so many view points that no matter how far you go it will be worthwhile. The first 45 minutes are a steep rooty climb through the forest, but it breaks off to a boulder field with 360 degrees of mountain views and then into a waving grassy trail that leads to the split off between Flat Iron (right) and Needle (left). If you continue to Flat Iron, you'll head into another rolling hill type of trail that winds (several paths) through low blueberry bushes and rocky outcrops. This eventually goes out to the lake. At the lake, there is a stunning view of the mountain (and usually some left over winter ice) and the water is clear and glassy like a mirror. There is so much to look at on this trail that I always end up making this a full day trip - it's hard to zoom through it because its simply so beautiful. After the lake you can continue to the top of the mountain. This is a bit of a rocky goat trail at first but the higher you go the flatter it gets. At the top there is a weird dark green tower - I've never really figured out what it's used for.

During the hike this year (Aug 2018) we encountered a group of people with an off leash dog. The dog charged and picked my dog (which was leashed in order to pass them) up by the neck and proceeded to thrash and bite. While no serious injury was sustained, I just want to remind people to stay safe and be respectful to other hikers. If you're going to have your dog off leash (even though here, it is stated that dogs must be on leash) - please at least be responsible about it and leash your dog to allow people to pass, even if your pet is typically friendly since you never know other people's situations. The last thing anyone wants is an emergency, especially while you're so far out from town. It would have taken us at least 2 hours to get to a vet or hospital had something gone terribly wrong.

We couldn't find the left side of the loop trailhead. Couldn't find it from Needle Peak either. Smoke impaired the views but wasn't smellable on the trail until getting to the junction for Flatiron. Took us 4 hours to summit Needle peak and took a few photos before retreating from flying ants. Beautiful views. Sketchy scrambling up to second ridge and to peak. Was hard hike for us.

Good cardio for first hour and stunning views.

3 months ago

Easy hike and beautiful lake.

It's been said many times that this hike is awesome but it is certainly tough for the first 45 mins or so at sometimes 25 degrees incline. The lake is very pretty and surprisingly warm for a dip. We encountered snow in some shaded areas which was also fun considering it was 35C or so. Great fun!

The trail head is easy access from the Coquihalla Highway. Park at the Zopkias Reststop and the trail starts on the west side of the rest rooms. Pack water as after the first 30 minutes there is no water source until you reach the first tarn about an hour past the Zupjok Peak. This route provides numerous offshots of exploration and phenomenal views of the shark finned Vicuna Peak. At the right time of the year the alpine meadows are carpeted with blueberries.

This is great hike and is worth the view. But the beginning has a lot of roots, so be careful. It is steep for most of the way. There are two major scrambles. It can be very hard for someone who is scared of heights. I would recommend good foot ware. The walk down can be a bit much for someone with bad knees. Plus this hike should be rated as hard.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail, steep and rooty at the beginning so watch your footing. Once you get to the top of the first ridge the climb lessens. We didn’t go to Needle, but camped overnight at Flatiron. Wasn’t crowded at all despite being a long weekend. Will be back to do it again. Also watched an SAR rescue from Needle peak. Please come prepared and don’t attempt anything over your skill level!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful area - but insane amount of mosquitoes. Bring bug nets and shirts, or leave it for out of bug season.

hiking
3 months ago

July 14 - 2018 Beautiful clear sunny day, nearing 30°. If heading Eastbound take the Falls Lake Exit, take a left under the underpass and take a left as you exit. Follow the highway entrance ramp till you see a right hand turn. Follow this road for about 5 minutes and you'll find a parking lot. Perfect place to park both for the lake and for Zoa Peak. Signage in the summer is excellent although some of the letters off the signs are peeling. You follow a forest service road and should see a sign to take a sharp left into the trees. Should be clear from there. False summit has better views than real summit. SO MANY BUGS. Bring some sort of deterrent. Absolutely no snow at the top right now. Did it pretty fast, about 2 hours round trip. We couldn't stop to enjoy the view at the top due to bugs literally trying to eat us. All in all, awesome hike. I highly recommend going to the lake afterwards, it's gorgeous and serene.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Trail is well marked and the steepest section is in the first 45 minutes. Once my friends and I got to the scramble we were confused as to which side to climb up. My friends took the left side (small crack about a foot in size) and I found the trackers on the right side. You do need to be extremely careful when climbing both sides. Also take extra time going down as it is very steep. Took my friends and I 2 hours up and about 2.5 hrs down. Bring bug spray or else you’ll be swarmed by mosquitoes!

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed this hike until we got to Flatiron junction. Didn’t like the scramble up and down, pretty sketchy. Views are great but much better from Flatiron because of the lake. If we would have gone to Flatiron first, I wouldn’t have bothered going to up this peak but we went here first. Dogs cannot go up the actual Needle Peak unless they are small and fit in your backpack, like mine. If you are going up the peak just stay in the center and find your way. Be careful!

hiking
4 months ago

Worst hiking experience of life. Only a little bit of view at the summit. Trail entrance was not properly marked other than 'Z A P A '. Lots of hangry mosquitoes which didn't care about bug sprays. Couldn't take rest anywhere even with spraying bugspray. It's not good for hiking but snowshoe should be better.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a fantastic hike with beautiful sub-alpine hiking for the majority of the hike! It's an easy and accessible hike that requires some minimal navigation towards the summit because of the nature of the ridge that you walk down heading south on the western leg of the hike. I agree with a previous comment about the loop. This trail is rarely done as a loop, and is normally completed in a clockwise direction to needle peak only, and then returning the way you came from. There is some difficult class 3 scrambling to get to the summit, and you should be prepared to do a bit of route-finding on the way up near the summit (more detail below)

There is still some snow on the route. It is doable in hiking boots only but be prepared to kick some steps in especially if ascending earlier in the day.

When you're near the peak - stay to the right, and find your way up with caution! There is a previous comment about not going right but when we followed that advice we got into some serious difficult scrambling. Not taking the time to find the proper route leads to a pretty drastic increase in difficulty. When we investigated the route to the right we found it to be much easier and more attainable than the crack on the left. If you have to wiggle in between a space about a foot and a half wide and approximately 10 feet tall, you're too far to the left but probably still thinking how cool the hike is. There is an easier way to the right that you'll probably find on the way back down. Ascend with caution but enjoy the views!

Total time for two of us hiking together was 2:30 on the way up, 2:00 on the way down, with about an hour spent at the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with a fun scramble at the end. Easy to access, but make sure you follow the proper route to scramble up or you'll make it a lot harder than it needs to be.

Lots of fun, still a decent amount of snow up top. But it’s hard pack and easy to hike.

short hike. done in mid june. hlaf of the trail was still covered by snow. bring your crampons. rewarding when you reached the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

Not the typical route for scrambling up Needle. Normally, people approach going counter-clockwise on the route, and don’t do the full loop. The route listed on All Trails is a bushwhack up to Markhor, and then follows the ridge to Needle. There is difficult 4th class and protection/gear is probably a good idea.

There was still some snow on the route.

We were also able to find an easier way down Markhor than listed on the official route. There was a wet crack with a few pieces of webbing and shoelaces tied together that looked super sketchy. We went a little to the right to bypass this section.

Loved this hike! The scramble was rad - definitely my highlight next to the view from the top. A must-do!!

snowshoeing
10 months ago

.... parking lot is right on the highway so access is super easy ....excellent views of the area once out of the trees and to the false summit ... although fun exploring, the views from the true summit were non existent due to tree cover and you will have a choice to make since there is a rather steep decent and and then more uphill to reach it . ( but ,hey .. why not if you have time)

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Great day with amazing clear blue skies. A bit cold for the dogs, -22 or so but they survived. Once we got past the tree line it got a bit windy so we turned around about 1/2km from the top. Beautiful scenery throughout and the trail is well tracked so very easy to follow. Took us about 2 hours up and one down. Definitely would like to come more frequently but road conditions on the connector and coquihalla are just terrible this time of the year. Witnessed several vehicles off the road and one three car pile up. Road was closed temporarily on our way home due to MVA.

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