Trip 083 - June 4-6, 2015 (Thursday - Saturday)

Pinnacle Peak Route Hike

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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.

Liked: 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.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 43 (Mount Crum) E4. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at

Other Trips Off Bullmoose Mine Road: Cowmoose Mountain Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike, Holzworth Meadows Hiking Route.

Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area: Bootski Lake Trail Hike, Mount Clifford Trail Hike, Stone Corral Trail Hike, Monkman Falls, Bergeron Cliffs Trail Hike, Bergeron Falls, Nesbitt's Knee Falls, Barbour Falls, Holzworth Meadows Hiking Route, Babcock Falls, Shipyard & Titanic Trail Hike, Boulder Gardens Route Hike, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Tepee Falls, Kinuseo Falls, Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR.


17. Another steep stretch follows shortly.

Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada

18. A mountain view on the right side.

Mountain View From Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada

19. The really steep stretch, however tricky, is fairly short. Then, the surface gets substantially flatter.

View From Pinnacle Peak Route Near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

20. And the views get substantially better.

Mountain View Pinnacle Peak Route Province of British Columbia Canada

21. You get to the top of this hill, and...

Photo of Pinnacle Peak Route BC Canada

22. ...the alpine area opens up in front of you. See a barely noticeable notch on top of the last visible hill far ahead?

Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada

23. Here is that notch up close. It took about 2.5 hours from the start to get to the notch, and this could be a very good end to the hike, if you do not feel like going all the way to Pinnacle Peak.

The Notch Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia Canada

24. The views from the notch are impressive.

View From Pinnacle Peak Notch BC Canada

25. One more.

View From Pinnacle Peak Hiking Route BC Canada

26. And this is the view of Pinnacle Peak from the notch. Do note that once you are on the ridge, the wind could be very strong.

Pinnacle Peak Near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of the surrounding area viewed from the notch:

A Complete List of Our Videos

27. We decided to go a bit further towards Pinnacle Peak, and had to do minor climbing.

En Route to Pinnacle Peak BC Canada

28. This ptarmigan was hanging out in the area. The only reason we noticed this bird was because it moved - otherwise, it was blending into its environment really well.

Ptarmigan Near Pinnacle Peak Northeastern British Columbia Canada

29. The views did not get any better after the notch, and going further required more climbing than was desirable, so we stopped our forward progress at about this point, approximately forty-five minutes after leaving the notch. Approximate coordinates of our final destination: N 55'00'442 W 121'36'622. Approximate elevation: 1,830 meters. It is, however, quite possible to go much further.

Views From Pinnacle Peak Route British Columbia

30. Looking back at the wind-exposed ridge.

Ridge of the Pinnacle Peak Route Near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

31. And the main challenge of this hike arrived when it was time to go down all those steep stretches. I squatted on the right leg, stuck the left leg forward, and slid down, using the trekking poles for balancing and braking. It wasn't pretty, but it worked. Stones and dirt hurled down in abundance, though, so be careful if there is someone below you when you go through these steep stretches either on your way up or, especially, down.

Steep Stretch of Pinnacle Peak Route BC Canada

If it were not for those steep stretches, Pinnacle Peak Route would have come recommended. As is, it should really only be attempted by experienced and well-equipped hikers, preferably when the snow is gone and the ground is completely dry. A safer alternative in this area is Holzworth Meadows Route.

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