The Crest Creek Crags are a rock climbing area situated adjacent to highway 28 just within the western boundary of Strathcona Park, roughly an hours’ drive from the city of Campbell River, or 15 minutes from the Town of Gold River to the west.
The crags are located close to the road (in most cases approaches take less than 10 minutes). The crags occupy a square kilometer or so, and exist alongside a logging road, a water diversion project, a power line and Highway 28.
The crags themselves are composed of basalt, an igneous rock that formed as domes of pillow lava during undersea eruptions; which was then uplifted. Glacial advancement scraped sediments from the bedrock and then receded, revealing the hard, grayish-brown rock that provides superb climbing today. Cracks tend to be discontinuous, however, and climbing routes often require the placement of fixed protection.
There is a guide book called "Crest Creek Rock Climbs", published by Wild Isle. It released in 2018 and is available online, and from many outdoors shops in BC (MEC, Valhalla Pure, Climb On, and many more)
15 minute drive east of Gold River, 1 hour west of Campbell River on the Gold River Highway.
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