East of Quesnel, the Yanks Peak trail follows an old mining road to access the alpine meadows of the peak.
To reach the trailhead from Quesnel, head east on Highway 26 (Barkersville Highway). Just before Barkerville Provincial Park, turn right onto 3100 Rd, then right onto the Yanks Peak turnoff (watch for the large sign).
The trail heads up the namesake peak. Near Cunningham Creek is the site of the old Caribou Hudson Mine. The trail winds its way upward with many hairpins, washouts, ruts, deadfall, and sections with loose rock and shale, ever increasing in steepness until it arrives at the alpine meadow areas known since the Gold Rush days as Snowshoe Plateau. From atop the 6300ft alpine vistas of Yanks Peak, the views are impressive, especially to the east into the snow-covered ranges of Wells Gray and Caribou Mountain Provincial Parks.
Note: As of August 2008, the Ministry of Forests Regulations require all ATV drivers to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to ride on Forest Service Roads. In addition, the ATV must have valid third-party liability insurance, which is typically around $120 per year. The Conservation Officers will issue a $600 ticket if you do not have proof of insurance.