Mont Rigaud Rock Climbing
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Mont Rigaud is a high quality pink granite cliff which contains over 70 bolted sport routes. Climbs are between 5.2-5.13, with a healthy dose in the 5.6-5.12 range. Heights are typically 10-15 meters.
Sun comes around late morning to early afternoon and there are enough scattered trees which provide shade in the summer months.
Weekdays you'll find climbers coming after work for an evening workout, weekends on the other hand can get crowded on the easy to moderate routes. The base is clean of brush and there is plenty of room along the the entire length of the cliff to belay climbers, lay down your equipment and to gather and talk. Climbers bringing children and or dogs are not uncommon.
A central gully .
The most popular wall are:
Bob's Wall - a couple of excellent routes
Main Wall - High quality moderates
Gully Wall - provides easy top rope access for all the walls.
STD Wall - Steepest wall and some of the hardest climbs
Rigaud is a small town just off A40 [Trans -Canada] near the Quebec-Ontario border, 60km west of Montreal take exit #12 and 120km east of Ottawa take exit #9. Head into the center of town and follow the signs for Centre de ski Rigaud (about 3-4 km).
If coming from the south, route 325 goes right to the location.
The ski hill owner is kind enough to allow parking at the ski hill. Park at the smaller MTB parking lot just to the left of the main lot. The main lot closes in the late afternoon, so if you are planning to stay past 4:00 don't park here or you'll get locked in!. Parking is also allowed on the side of the road 300 meters past the ski area, just past the three way stop beside the farmers fields on Chemin du Petit Brûlé. Don't park at the farmer's gate but just past it.
Once at the ski area parking lot the cliff should be visible on the upper left side when looking up the ski hills. Take a foot path up the furthest left ski trail [L'Express]. When that trail splits take the left trail again [La Falaise]. Once this trail starts to cut right, a path through the woods should be visible on the left [look for a flat rock]. Keep hiking up and left, you are sure to hit the cliff somewhere. Trail in woods is only about 200m. The
entire walk from parking area to cliff face takes 10-15 minutes.
If you can't find the wooded trail or want to keep it simple, you can continue up the ski run until the cliff becomes visible through the trees on your left, then just turn left to cliff.
The entire area is on PRIVATE PROPERTY! The land owners seem to tolerate climbers, hopefully this attitude will continue, please treat the area with respect !
Please... Most of the entire climbing area is covered with dry pine needles in the summer.
ABSOLUTELY NO FIRES OR CAMPING ALLOWED.
Weather station 2.9 miles from here
82 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in Mont Rigaud
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Parking area at base of Rigaud, cliff face is up o...
STD wall ...., short routes above ledge.
No routes in here yet, some potential
Top rope wall, three routes are between the climb...
BETA PHOTO: Trail to cliff face is 75 meters to the left of he...
At Upper Gully/ Bonnies wall looking out towards s...
Rigaud .... Climbers park left side inside inline ...
View from top of Bonnie Wall looking down at the s...
Closer look of wall at Raspberry route, between th...
Unclimbed section on left
Jul 30, 2015
Warning: Wild Parsnip plants at Mont Rigaud
There is Wild Parsnip growing on the ski run "La Falaise" which is part of the approach to the cliff. Stem, leaves, and flowers of the plant contain chemicals that can increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and cause severe burns and blindness. Avoid contact with the plant! We were there on Tuesday and it is still possible to walk through safely but care had to be taken.
From: Montreal, Quebec
Apr 18, 2016
Mont Rigaud schedule - MAY 1st to OCTOBER 1st 2016*
The parking is open daily (Monday to Sunday), from 9 am to 7 pm**.
- Before and after these dates, the parking is only open during our office hours.
- * The parking closing time (locked gates) may vary depending on weather conditions
Parking $5 / day
Pedestrian access $2 / day
Seasonal membership $50
THE PARKING FEE IS INCLUDED in the mountain bike rates.
GATE WILL BE LOCKED AFTER 7 PM*
- The parking closing time (locked gates) may vary depending on weather conditions.
NOTE: To prevent damage, the trails are closed during and after heavy rains.
Dogs are allowed on site, but for the safety of our customers, by respect for others and the environment, they must be on leash AT ALL TIMES. You must also insure to clean up and pick up after them.