The area around Quesnel, British Columbia, has some great places to hike, and one of my favourites is Pinnacles Provincial Park. Pinnacles Provincial Park is located approximately 9 kilometres (11 miles) west of Quesnel, and features scenic hoodoos above Baker Creek that were created by weather and erosion over a long period of time. A friend and I decided that we wanted to enjoy the full glory of the season before it was over, and the Pinnacles seemed like a great place to do just that. This was the first time that I’d hiked in the park in the Autumn, and I was excited to see what the seasonal colours would be like.
We decided to walk around the area for a while to explore, in the hopes that when we returned, that the fog would have burned off. It was really scenic walking on the trail along the creek, even with the fog. I really loved the colours of the trees, they were very vivid! It was definitely a great time of the year to explore the area.
While walking through a thick pile of yellow leaves, I decided to have some fun. And there’s nothing more fun then tossing them around, as long as they are in the bush and you don’t have to clean them up afterwards! Can you tell that I love Autumn?
There are a lot of plants and wildlife at the park; while we were there, we spotted two Bald Eagles, and at least five Grouse! There are also many different trees here, including Popular, Birch, and Fir. On the ground, I spotted many different types of mushrooms, and I even saw some wild flowers, which was something I didn’t expect to find at this time of the year.
As we returned to the hoodoos, the sky was clearing fast. When we went back to the viewpoint, the sky was clear and you could see the surrounding landscape, including the town of Quesnel. The view of the Pinnacles was spectacular, as always, but the bright yellow trees made them seem more spectacular!
The Pinnacles is great place to walk for all ages and fitness levels, it’s a fairly short hike in to the Hoodoos. It’s mostly flat, with a bit of a small hill following the fence where you can view the hoodoos. It’s a must see if you are visiting Quesnel, or just driving through!