A challenging climb toward “The Needle,” offering excellent mountain views of the Coquihalla Summit area.
The route follows a magnificent granite ridge that climbs above the treeline. You’ll enjoy snowshoeing along this high ridge, passing through forests of stunted subalpine trees. Although the terrain is rugged, the route offers safety from avalanches. Professional guides will lead this trip, and gear can be rented from Hope Mountain Centre.
This trip will introduce you to an exciting snowshoe route while teaching avalanche safety and safe winter travel.
$20/person. Snowshoe loaners available if you need them.
This program is FULL, but please leave your name and contact information on the wait list as there may be cancellations. Click on the blue PROGRAM REGISTRATION button and you will be provided directions for joining the wait list.
Participants must be in reasonably good physical condition, as the route demands at least 1 hour of steep climbing before gaining the ridge, followed by a steady climb up the ridge for another 1.5 hours. Elevation gain is 600 metres (2,000 feet) over 4 km of trail distance. Round-trip distance is 8 km.
8:00 AM – Gather in Hope
8:15 AM – Leave Hope and drive east 46 km on Highway-5 to Exit # 217 (Zopkios Rest Area)
9:00 AM – Arrive at Exit #217 parking lot and washroom area
9:30 AM – Begin ascent of Needle Trail by snowshoe
12:00 PM – Lunch on the ridge
3:30 PM – Return to parking lot
4:30 PM – Arrive back in Hope
Participants must arrange their own transportation. Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope), and convoy in vehicles up Highway-5 to the trailhead (Exit #217, 46 km east of Hope). How to Find Zopkias Rest Area Parking Lot: Drive northeast out of Hope on Highway-5 for approximately 50 km. After driving through the Great Bear Snow Shed, start looking on your right for the highway exit into the Zopkias Rest Area – NOTE – THE EXIT SIGN IS MISSING DURING WINTER MONTHS, so the exit will be unmarked by any sign! Be sure to take the FIRST EXIT you see on your RIGHT after driving through the Great Bear Snow Shed. Washrooms are available at the Zopkias Rest Area.
- Snowshoes (bring your own or rent from us)
- Two ski poles per person – optional, but greatly improves stability
- Lunch and high-energy snack food
- Water (at least 1 litre per person)
- Winter boots or hiking boots (no runners please)
- Warm winter clothes, including jacket, nylon snow pants, gloves, toque, warm socks
- Sunglasses, camera, binoculars
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Foam pad to sit on in the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.
A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.
Snow shovels were provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op through their Grassroots Product Donations Program. Additional funding was also provided through FortisBC’s Community Investment Program.