Appa Peak

A scenic climb on the Pemberton Icefield in Canada's British Columbia coast range. While moderate in its technical climbing aspects, the route and surrounding summits are heavily glaciated and seldom climbed. This provides a climbing solitude not normally possible on glaciers in Washington.

getting there

From Whistler, BC, drive 15 miles north on Highway 99.  Turn left (west) onto N Rutherford Creek Rd.  Drive 12 miles and left turn onto the last short spur which ends at the Menzel Memorial Trailhead.


The Menzel trail is actually a wide swath cut through the woods for snowmobile access and not a maintained hiking trail. Follow it to the emergency cabin at its end. Then continue  up the valley generally following Appa Creek to Appa Lake. Continue right around the lake and follow the drainage to the toe of Appa glacier.


Ascend Appa Glacier, veering right toward Appa Peak as its summit comes into view.  Syaqtsa Skua Peak is on the left and Appa Peak is on the right. Ascend the broad southern ridge of Appa Peak and follow it towards the summit. Ascend the steep snow headwall on the right and continue on easy terrain to the summit.

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: May, June, July
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 7,980 ft
  • Land Manager: British Columbia Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 9
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • CNTS Pemberton 92J
  • CNTS Ryan River 92J/6

Upcoming Activities

Basic Glacier Climb - Appa Peak

Climbing Trip
A spectacular Glacier climb in BC on the Pemberton ice field.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jul 9, 2022 - Mon, Jul 11, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 2 leaders
Registration opens Jun 20
Seattle Branch
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