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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
4) the pet projects
5) king's throne
6) crest creek crag
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
17) joint wall
18) narcissus wall
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.


crest creek climbing area, strathcona park


the projects

the projects is beside the highway, behind a thin veil of trees. There are half a dozen routes on a 25m face.

Park near the end of the gravel road, to the west of the parking lot. Cross the highway and find the footpath to the left of the abandon road that runs beside the pipeline.


crest creek climbing area, strathcona park


crest creek crag

This photo is taken from the highway. Crest creek crag has over a dozen bolted routes on a 25m face.

Park in the main lot and it's a short walk up to, and across the highway.


crest creek climbing area, strathcona park


sluice wall/joint wall

Sluice wall is on the right behind the trees. Joint wall is the rest of the photo. Between the two walls there are over a dozen bolted routes as high as 50m.

Park in the main lot and it's a short walk down the trail, to the left and across the sluice
base is subject to flooding. Trail access to the top.


crest creek climbing area, strathcona park


narcissus wall

narcissus wall had a wet base when I took this photo on 00-08-17

Park in the main lot and it's a short walk down the trail, to the left and across the sluice past sluice wall and joint wall and around the corner.
base is subject to flooding. Trail access to the top.