The south face of East Portal rises proudly above the trees opposite Doctor's Wall but, despite its significant size, it sports few routes of quality and sees minimal traffic. Most people visit to climb one of Skaha's best gear routes, 'Double Exposure' (5.9), but 'Intimate Stranger' (5.12c) is excellent and deserves more traffic. The mandatory gear placements at the start discourage many potential attempts.
East Portal faces south and gets plenty of sun throughout the day, but a number of very large trees cast shade on portions of the routes as well as the base area.
From the map kiosk in the lower parking lot follow the main hiking trail to the base of The Fortress. Once there, turn right and follow signs that lead to Red Tail Wall and on toward Doctor's Wall. Just beyond the north end of Red Tail, the trail passes a toilet before continuing uphill on the far side to a small plateau and a signed fork. Turn right toward Go Anywhere or Great White. The trail immediately descends into a narrow gully (Tsunami Wall) and out the far side. Continue uphill for a minute watching carefully for a branch on the left. Follow this trail up to the base of East Portal.
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