Flatiron via Needle Peak Trail is a 11.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hope, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.1 km Elevation Gain: 867 m Route Type: Out & Back

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snow
7 days ago

Hiked this May 26th,2020 during partly cloudy conditions. My recording was 10.9km, 828m, and 4:27hours round trip. (3:46h of moving time). Trail was extremly well markered and easy to follow. Snow from the beginning till the end, microspikes highly recommended if the snow is packed (was when we went today). Gradual incline throughout the hike (with one steep section). Snowshoes not required as Kristin noted in the previous review. Hiking shoes are dooable but will be difficult and prone to many areas of slipping. Poles not necessary but definetely helped with balance on the final push to the Flatiron summit. If you want a shorter trip to see the epic view of Needle Peak and Flatiron Summit you can stop at the clearing view point - 2.5km's in (took us about 1h 15mins to get to this point). There is a 360' clearing at this point with excellent views. I'd recommend pushing onto the final Needle Peak summit or Flatiron Summit. The lake at the end of the Flatiron trail lake was still covered by snow and you could see the remains of an nice avalanche that occured sometime this season. If you want to summit Flatiron Mountain then traverse beside the rocks along the right hand side of the lake, I'd recommend just using microspikes or snowshoes and travel on the snow all the way to the top (you'll see the Green Building at the top). We attempted scrambling up the rocks but found out it's easier to just trek on the snow to the top of the "hill". Snow was hard packed when we went (due to great mild/cold conditions the days prior to our hike) so getting down was easy (about an hour). Be aware if the snow is melted/slushy as coming down will be more difficult Gear: Bring snowpants so you can slide down. Gaiters are a huge plus to block out snow. Only needed a fleece sweater/inner layer once we got to the top due to wind.

hiking
9 days ago

Completed May 23, 2020. Still snow covered from start to finish with what looked like some fresh snow near the top. Mostly packed down though luckily. Unfortunately for us it was a super cloudy day that never cleared so minimal view but still a good workout. Crampons/micro spikes and poles were helpful as it’s quite steep in places. Will have to return when the weather is better!

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scramble
snow
15 days ago

Did this hike may 16 2019 very snowy from start to finish. Could not be done in sneakers. It was doable and there were plenty of people on the trail who did it as well. No snowshoes needed, but careful footing required the trail was well marked but not maintained at all because of the snow. A great workout and a beautiful view made the climb up worth it. The climb back down was more of a slide and a tumble, it was very slippery and steep. I thought it was fun.

hiking
snow
21 days ago

I did this hike on May 9th. Snow starts from the trail head. You might need snow shows specially when you get out of the trees, elevation around 5500 feet to the lake. Lake is obviously covered in snow but it is melting quickly and cornices on top are very beautiful. I didn’t use sunscreen and I got badly sunburned, there is not much shade when you get to 5500 feet.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Amazing trail on a bluebird day

hiking
4 months ago

One of my faves!! Great hike, beautiful views, good work out. The lake is stunning and good for a dip in warm weather. Flatiron summit is an easy climb with beautiful views at the top. Looking forward to going back to tackle needle scramble!

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

Fantastic, bluebird day! Took about 5 hrs to Flatiron. The trail is currently icy in many spots. Bring micro spikes and maybe even snowshoes for the saddle to Flatiron. Had the trail almost to ourselves. Terrific hike.. saw a few dogs.. even a chihuahua

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rocky
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washed out
7 months ago

Did this hike today Oct 11, icy for sure, so bring crampons. Ice starts right at the beginning of hike on trail. Gorgeous day of sunny skies - very little snow on the ground yet. Return hike took us 5.5 hours with quite a few breaks along the way. Went to the top of flatiron and back again. Ran into a school group that camped up there the night before. Waterfall had flowing water still, but iced up overnight and thawed again in morning.

hiking
8 months ago

Great day. The previous reviews were really helpful. The trail is marked with orange markers for the first couple km up the rooty part. After that we didn’t see markers but found multiple trails that connected back to each other so it was easy enough to find out way, , just not marked. Once you get up the first straight up the rest is a great comfortable hike. With great weather our views were amazing. A little brisk. Glad we brought jackets. Couldn’t stop eating blueberries. Poles were useful.

We loved this trail. We didn’t do the scramble to the top of the Needle but plan to return with a more experienced hiker and try again. Flatiron Lake is incredible. Lots to explore around there. Thank you also to who ever marked the wasp nest with flag tape. They were quiet anyway because it was a cooler day. The first two km is definitely a grind but we found it tougher going down because the trail is so “rooty” - tough in the knees for sure.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked up to Flatiron on Aug 03. Took 2.5hrs up with heavy overnight packs for two reasonably fit 25-year-olds. Spent the first-night camping at the lake and the second camping atop of Flatiron. The first section of the trail is very steep and rooty, very slippery after rainfall. There is a bee's nest about 20-30min into the trail, the bees are quite aggressive and swarmed us on the way back down. After the initial steep and rooty start the incline becomes slightly less and climbs along a ridge line. After 3.3 km you reach a fork, go left for Needle Peak and right for Flatiron saddle. From the fork the trail climbs down through a valley for 500m or so and then back up again to the lake. From the lake you can climb to the top of Flatiron for 360 views. There were alot of Horse-flies, Bugs, Mosquitoes and Bees (especially if camping/hiking the top of Flatiron). The parking area is at Zopkios Rest Area 217 off the Coquihalla. The rest stop is not marked when coming from Vancouver. We missed the turn off, went to the next exit and looped back around. When coming this way (from Kamloops direction) the rest area is marked. Pull off at 217 Zopkios, Head through the under pass and up the gravel road, you will see parking in gravel on your right (this is under the old shed).

hiking
9 months ago

Was up at 7am and on the top before 9. Tried to head to needle first.... but fell short too! Stopped after a short scramble to the lower peak (the one after rope) didn’t feel comfortable so went to flatiron wasn’t disappointed. Great day and beat the heat. Lots of open area so be prepared.

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 months ago

I am a novice backpacker. I found it to be very steep the first 2.5km and lots of roots. Got caught in a rainstorm coming down, roots extremely slippery and lots of wash out, had to really watch my footing. All that being said, so worth it! Bring bug spray if you plan to visit the carin at FlatIron. ***WARNING: got back to the car from an overnighter to two smashed windows, watch where u park.

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bugs
muddy
10 months ago

second review same as the first, great day hike, bring insect repellant, high clouds with spectacular views and relaxing small tarn pond, worth the falling on the way down

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views when you get to the top! Rigorous climb at the beginning and then relaxing meadows at the top. Another descent to the lake with a bit of a climb back up. Definitely recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

2nd time doing this hike, the initial climb requires attention to all the roots on the trail, especially during the descent. Otherwise spectacular views and the lake is a reward at Flat Iron.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

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muddy
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

I did this hike on July 13. No snow on the trail and the tarn at the top is good for swimming! Make sure to continue to the summit of the Flatiron. The 360-views are amazing and worth the extra 20 minutes to the top. This hike was one of the best I have done in BC. The first 2km of the hike is very steep with lots of roots and dirty exposed rock. The way down was slow and slippery. Several people fell and one person broke their hiking pole. I would not recommend on a wet day.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

A beautiful hike with a lot of variety. Definitely worth going right to the top.

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