The massive Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area (5,750 hectares) is located on both sides of the Coquihalla Highway 5, north of the community of Hope. The park protects the Coast-Cascade dry belt landscape and provides a beautiful setting for wildlife viewing and a stopover for travellers along the Coquihalla highway.
The Coquihalla Valley has long served as the major transportation route from the coast to the interior beginning with the Hope-Nicola Trail in 1876. The Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area still contains some remnants of the Kettle Valley Railway that ran through the area from the early 1900s through to 1961.
The Falls Lake Trail is 1.5 km in length and offers a scenic view of Falls Lake, which provides good fishing for small rainbow trout and rustic walk-in camping (no facilities provided). The parking lot is located approximately 1 km west of Hwy 5 from the Falls Lake Turn off.
Backcountry skiing, snowhoeing, and snowmobiling occur in the Falls Lake area, and on the pipeline access roads and right of ways. Heavy annual snowfall occurs, so the appropriate safety precautions should be exercised.
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park, and flush toilets are located at the Zopkios Ridge highway rest stop.
The Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area is located on the Coquihalla Highway 5, approximately 28 miles (45 km) north of the community of Hope.
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