Glen Lake Crag

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Introduction:
The Glen Lake crag offers relatively easy access, close proximity to Greater Victoria, and caters to beginner and intermediate climbers with routes ranging from 5.7 - 5.10+, from low-angle to slightly overhanging with at least one overhanging bouldery route. The view from the top, back towards Victoria, is spectacular. The rock is good quality weathered basalt – lots of friction and many edges and flakes. It is located 5 minutes’ drive from the Westshore Town Centre in Langford, or 15-20 minute drive from downtown Victoria.

Notes:
• Hundreds of hours have been put in to the development of this crag. As it is still in progress, the developers ask that no additional route setting take place on existing crags.
• A helmet is suggested – the rock is great, but because the routes are new they still need some mileage. There is also a fair bit of loose rocks at the top, much like the South Cliffs of Mt. Wells.
• The area is South West facing, and gets morning to mid-afternoon sun.

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Location:
Glen Lake Crag is located 10 kilometers west of Victoria. Current parking and access is easiest on the side of the Westshore Parkway.
From Victoria, head North on TransCanada Highway #1 and turn left on to Westshore Parkway. Follow this road for about 3kms. You will go through the Langford Parkway roundabout and continue straight. You will arrive at the parking area when you see a fire hydrant on the right side of the road, near the base of the trail. Please park here, but do not park within 5 metres of it. We’d like to keep this access open for all to enjoy!

Approach:
Once you have found parking, look to the right of the fire hydrant and up the hill. Look for orange flagging tape on one of the big trees marking the approach trail (see old photo 1). Walk up this ravine for a minute until you come to a fork. The better access trail currently runs climbers left towards the Umbrage Wall (closed for development). Keep on the trail until you find a trail that cuts right, up the rocks to the Dirt Stamp Wall (see photo 2).
If you turn right at the fork instead, it will take you to the base of the Karate Kid Wall.

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