The Pinnacles

- by John Stolk

Elevation : 8442 feet
Prominence: 5469 feet
Location : 50:11.7 N –118:13.7 W
Backroad Mapbooks: Kamloops/Okanagan, Map 30:G5 and Kootenays, Map 16:C3
Climb Duration: One day.
Difficulty: Mostly Class 2. A short Class 3 crux just below the summit. Grizzlies reported in area.
Others in Party: Edward Earl
Additional Resources: Edward Earl has written an excellent trip report which can be found at

Driving instructions and details of the route are thoroughly covered in Edward's trip report so I won’t rehash them here. Included here are some photographs of the area. I have tried to match the photo captions to descriptions in Edward's report where possible.


5809: Parking area at the end of the road with view up towards the Pinnacles.

5810: Looking down the rocky gully into the valley. The trail is a bit obscure here.

5811: View from above the rocky gully of peaks to the south.

5812: Monashee Lake. The summit is visible in the center background.

5815: Slabby area above the pass looking down the route.

5816: View of the summit from the grassy col at ~8000’.

5817: Summit photo (Edward signing the register)

5820: Summit view……

5821: Edward downclimbing the Class 3 section near the top.

5823: View of the upper lake. Out of sight behind the moraine to the center-left is Monashee Lake.

5824: View from the pass to the NNE.

5826: Monashee Lake on the return leg.

Monashee Lake
Monashee Lake. The summit is visible in the center background.