Although Quesnel, situated at the junction of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers had walkways along the rivers, I was keen to head six kilometres out of town to Pinnacles Provincial Park. Along the two-kilometre circuit were hoodoos which were not a patch on Drumheller’s, but still strange land formations.
The hoodoos were formed twelve million years ago. First lava flows cooled into basalt layers, then the ice age followed. When the ice began to melt, streams eroded the valley and along with other erosive forces, the hoodoos took on their present shape.
In places, the trail skirted a precipice that dropped several hundred metres into the gorge where Baker Creek trickled its way towards the Fraser River. From the summit, over the layers of pines, lay Quesnel and the spewing smoke from West Fraser Mill.