One may think that a British Columbia Provincial Park would have maintained access points and well documented information on how to enjoy the provincial park in question. Right….wrong! This is not the case with Wrinkly Face Provincial Park .
The entrance to the park can be reached by turning East on Beaver Lake Road in Winfield. Travel up this well maintained gravel road 10.5 km and take a left just past the 10.5 km marker.
After taking the left turn off Beaver Lake Road just past the 10.5 km marker, you will climb a short but steep 4X4 road up for about 150 meters and then the road winds towards Wrinkly Face Cliffs for about 1.5 kilometers. If you do not have a 4X4 you may want to park your car on the other entry point off Beaver Lake Road which is just 100 meters or so farther up and to the left. The huge bush party spot located about 200 meters down this side road and the potential of broken glass blowing out your tires is the reason the first entry point is suggested for driving up to the Wrinkly Face Cliffs access point.
Once you have hiked or driven down the 4X4 road you will come to a large tree that blocks the trail and then a dormant avalanche area. To find the path to the base of the cliffs and the popular area where rock climbers have set anchors in the rock face, just follow the inuksuit (singular inukshuk) (small piles of rocks left by previous hikers as markers to help guide you)
If you are a rock runner and like the danger of breaking your leg or ankle then follow the old avalanche areas the whole distance of Wrinkly Face Provincial Park to find the interesting geological rock formations that are pretty much untouched by the human hand. Caution – make sure you have a hiking partner and have told someone where you are hiking in case you slip and have to have Central Okanagan Search and Rescue to get you out!
While some great views of Okanagan Valley are available from the bottome of the Wrinkly Face Cliffs, Watch this blog for links to pictures of the views from the top as I hope to be back soon and explore the High Rim Trail that travels through the top of this Provincial Park.
Pictures from the top of the wrinkly face cliffs from on the High Rim Trail.