Location: Northeastern British Columbia. The trailhead is located
off Windfall Creek Forest Service Road, which begins off Bullmoose Mine
Road, which, in turn, starts off BC Highway 29, approximately 20
kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge.
Mountain views, meeting an interesting bird, relatively easy
access to the trailhead.
Of note: Remote area, no
cell phone signal, no shade in the second half of the route, strong wind
on exposed ridge, several short stretches are very steep, hiking boots
and poles are essential. This trail is for experienced hikers only. Not
recommended, unless the ground is completely dry, and the snow is gone.
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Pinnacle Peak Route features several impressive mountain
views, and can be done in as little as five hours round trip, or turned
into a much longer hike. Unless the snow is gone and the ground is dry,
this could be a very dangerous trail due to several steep sections. Even
in ideal hiking conditions, Pinnacle Peak Route is better left for
experienced and properly equipped hikers.
1. We start with a turnoff from Windfall Creek FSR onto
the road, which in two kilometers leads to Windfall Creek, where you
would have to leave your vehicle, as the bridge across the creek has
been removed. This is the same photo as photo #18 in our previous trip
Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR). Please, see that trip report for
directions on getting up to this point of your trip to Pinnacle Peak
Windfall Creek Forest Service Road Turnoff to Windfall Lake Trail and
Pinnacle Peak Route
2. Immediately after turning onto the side road. The
blue sign indicates "Windfall Lake 2 km, Pinnacle Peak 2 km". These
distances are to the trailheads.
Road to Pinnacle Peak Route and Windfall Lake Trail
3. Closer to the end of the side road we see the
mountain which we will climb first before proceeding towards Pinnacle
Road off Windfall Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
4. End of the side road. Windfall Creek is just beyond
this pile. Windfall Lake Trailhead is to the right. Pinnacle Peak Route
trailhead is beyond Windfall Creek.
Road Near Windfall Creek BC Canada
5. Windfall Creek beyond the pile.
You need to get to the other side of the creek.
Windfall Creek British Columbia Canada
6. Windfall Lake trailhead on the right side. This is
where you need to go to get to Pinnacle Peak Route trailhead.
Windfall Lake Trailhead BC Canada
7. Very shortly, on the left side, this log allows you
to cross Windfall Creek.
Windfall Creek Log Crossing
8. Once you cross the creek, keep left, and, within a
minute, you would be on the forest service road beyond the creek.
Road to Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada
9. In fifteen minutes, the well-marked trailhead is on
your right side.
Coordinates: N 55'01'138 W 121'36'826. Elevation: 1,270
Pinnacle Peak Route Trailhead
10. Looking up from the trailhead. Lots of flagging
tape along this trail/route.
The Beginning of Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada
10. Before getting into the forest. Elevation: 1,350
Pinnacle Peak Route Near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
11. The rules of engagement.
Pinnacle Peak Hiking Route Warning Messages
12. The forest begins.
Pinnacle Peak Hiking Route Province of BC Canada
13. It's a pleasant, if unremarkable, part of the
hike, just before the start of the real challenge.
Forest Part of Pinnacle Peak Route
14. The snow was mostly gone, but even this small spot
made things complicated, as there was no way around it, and there was a
good opportunity to slide sideways. Elevation: 1,450 meters.
Snow on Pinnacle Peak Route BC Canada
15. Looking back we see the locations of: 1) The split
seen on photo #1; 2) The end of the FSR spur seeing on photo #4; 3)
Pinnacle Peak Route trailhead seen on photo #9. The distance between
arrow #1 and arrow #2 is two kilometers.
View From Pinnacle Peak Route
16. It would take about 15 minutes to walk through the
forest, and then the most dangerous part of the hike arrives - several
very steep stretches. This is the first one. Snow made things even more
complicated, but it was possible to walk by the edge of the snow and use
small trees as anchors.