Pinnacles Provincial Park comprises approximately 128 hectares of pine forest overlooking
Baker Creek west of Quesnel in the BC interior. From the Pinnacles
viewpoint, visitors enjoy the unique formation of Hoodoos, and a picturesque
view of the city of Quesnel and Baker Creek.
Park protects a very unique formation of hoodoos. These hoodoos
began their formation 12 million years ago, when molten lava flowing
over the earth's surface cooled in flat basalt layers over older
layers of ash and rock. The Ice Age followed, and when the ice mass
receded, melt-water streams eroded the valley below Pinnacles Park.
The hoodoos are formed from the effects of this natural erosion
and weathering. The basalt is eroded away, revealing the more resistant
ash layer, and often producing vivid bands of colour as individual
basalt layers are removed.
at Pinnacles Provincial Park are fragile, since they are still undergoing
these forces of erosion and weathering, and visitors are therefore
not permitted to climb on or near them. The Pinnacles viewpoint
provides an unobstructed view of these impressive geological formations.
The park is
open year-round for day-use and sightseeing despite the locked gate
at the entrance. The park provides an opportunity for a pleasant
1-km hike along a well-maintained trail to the hoodoos viewpoint.
The park is
a popular day-use area (30 picnic sites) and is easily accessible
from Quesnel. Facilities are limited to one pit toilet located near
the viewpoint. Horseback riding and camping are not permitted in
The park offers
great mountain bike trails in a spectacular setting. Follow the
main trail from the parking lot to the park's viewing area, then
pick up the rambling single-track trails from there.
Park is located in the Cariboo region in the interior of British
Columbia, 5 miles (8 km) from downtown Quesnel, between Prince
George and Williams Lake.
The park can be accessed via the paved Pinnacles Road in west Quesnel
off the Cariboo Highway 97.