Chinese Mountains are a group of rocky knolls on the southeast flank of Mt Seymour a 600m high hill that dominates the topography of central Quadra Island. Chinese Mountains overlook the southern peninsula of Quadra and have a network of well-maintained hiking trails that take many hikers and climbers to some fantastic lookouts to the views of the Salish Sea, Rebecca Spit and the mountains of Strathcona Park and the mainland Coast Range.
There are about 150 rock climbs developed on about a dozen crags scattered across the hillside. With the excellent trail network doing the heavy lifting the access to the crags is pretty straightforward although newcomers will want to pay close attention to the guidebook descriptions to navigate the maze of paths through the forest between the crags.
The rock is volcanic andesite, a type of basalt. Because of the dry, south-facing exposure the rock is surprisingly clean for coastal BC. This also keeps the rock pretty dry and the locals pretty-much climb every month of the year. The rock character is outstanding and combined with the spectacular scenery this area is one of the best climbing areas in the Vancouver Island region. Detailed guidebook is available from wild Isle Publications: http://www.wildisle.ca/quadrarockclimbs/index.html
To reach Quadra Island take the short 10 minute ferry from Campbell River to Quathiaski Cove. Once disembarked from the ferry follow the traffic up the hill and past the Q Cove shopping Plaza. Turn right at the 3-way Stop by the gas station and then quickly left onto West Road by the RCMP detachment. Continue on West Road for 5-6 minutes toward Heriot Bay. Turn left onto Hyacinthe Bay Road or left on Cramer Road which also joined Hyacinthe Bay Raod. Head north passing North Gowlland Harbour Road which turns off to the left. Also pass Walcan Road which is also on the left. Before the top of a steep hill watch for a small sign on the left for Chinese Mountains hiking trail. Turn left on the rough road and follow it a few hundred metres to the parking lot. A total of about 15 minutes from Quathiaski Cove.
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