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Crest Creek climbing area  


crest creek climbing area, strathcona park

Crest Creek climbing area map, Strathcona park, Vancouver Island, Canada

click on the highlighted names for photos and info

1) crag X
2) black crag
3) the projects
Crest Creek climbing area map, Strathcona park, Vancouver Island, Canada
4) the pet projects 5) king's throne 6) crest creek crag
Crest Creek climbing area map, Strathcona park, Vancouver Island, Canada
7) highway 28 boulder
8)  crag in the woods
9)  cougar rock
10) two tree edge
11) crow's nest
12) the attic
13) the dune
14) pipeline bluff
15) gateway rock
17) sluice wall
Crest Creek climbing area map, Strathcona park, Vancouver Island, Canada
17) joint wall 18) narcissus wall
Crest Creek climbing area map, Strathcona park, Vancouver Island, Canada
19) skid row
Crest Creek climbing area is a collection of 19 crags surrounding Crest Lake and running to the west of it. All are within easy walking distance of the parking lot, but there is a gravel road running through the area which provides even better access. The highway has narrow shoulders unsuitable for parking. Pathways are excellent, and enhanced with stairs in many places for top access.

Crest Creek lies at the west edge of Strathcona Provincial Park on highway 28. It's a little better than an hour's drive out of Campbell River on the Gold River Highway. There are developed campgrounds in Strathcona Provincial Park [Buttle Lake campground] and motels and restaurants in Gold River, half an hour's drive west of the climbing area.

The drive up the new Island Highway as far as Courtenay is really fast. Can't wait for the Courtenay-Campbell River section to open. It's going to make access to this area much faster from point's south.

BC parks has developed Crest Creek climbing area under consultation with the local climbing community. Take care of the area. Stay on the paths and staging areas and follow posted regulations to ensure the continued enthusiasm by BC Parks for this awesome climbing area.

Route and trail work/development is reviewed annually, usually each spring by BC Parks and a group comprised mostly of local climbers from the Heathens Mountaineering Club.
contact: Andy Smith, Area Supervisor, BC Parks, Strathcona Area, Environmental Stewardship, Vancouver Island Region, 250-337-2405 email

The map is a poorly framed picture of the dirty trail guide in the parking lot[excuse the quality]. There are washrooms and a picnic table. The gravel road marked on the map, that runs up to 1) crag X & 2) black crag is overgrown, trenched, and is a foot path.

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