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.
Thanks for the trail head info. We’ve been wanting to find this for years but never could find anything with specific directions. One correction to your note – you would turn east onto Beaver Lake Road not west.
Thanks Carolyn! I changed that now.
this one is next. im looking forward to it. i think i can see the cliffs from my living room across the valley.
I’ve done some of the High Rim trail and I have found that some sections are much better maintained than others, but take a good compass and a good map and you should be alright! This part of the trail is next on my list. I will return to this site for more info!
To access the top of the park, you need a good truck (should be 4×4). Continue going up Beaver Lake Road, and turn left on Echo Lake Road. Follow it to the left. If you have a GPS, this is your best bet to access the top of the bluff, and the High Rim Trail.
Thanks Erin. I have been wondering about the best way to the top side of Wrinkly for awhile. If you have any pictures from up there feel free to register and post them.
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