Elevation: 217 ft
GPS: 49.68, -123.154 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Squamish is simply fantastic and features endless, perfect granite climbing that is basically roadside. If you want to crag, no problem. If you want to climb a 15 pitch classic, no problem. Squamish has it all, including lots of rain. Just hope it doesn't rain (much) during your visit and you'll love the place.

Getting There

From Vancouver, negotiate your way out of town (confusing), and follow the scenic 99 (Sea to Sky Hwy) north along the eastern flanks of the Howe Sound for around 70 km (44 mi) to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, just south of the small town of Squamish. Allow about 1-1.5 hours driving time.

Other Areas Nearby

This section of the database is limited to the closest formations to the town of Squamish. To help visitors orient themselves to other areas within striking distance of Squamish, use the Map and these notes:

The Sea to Sky (Squamish to Whistler) is the stretch of highway between Squamish and Whistler and contains many primarily sport-climbing crags which range from 10 to 40 minutes away from Squamish.

Sea to Sky (North of Whistler) is obviously a little further north, but perfectly reasonable for day trips from Squamish. There's a lot in the area although not much has been posted here yet.

Some of the Vancouver crags are easily accessible from Squamish, although once you made it there, why head back south?

Camping

The popularity of Squamish within the #vanlife community has increased to the point that there is great concern about the group’s collective environmental impact. “Wild” or “Freedom” camping has become unmanageable environmentally because of the high numbers of campers. This is a serious issue that causes conflict between locals, home owners, and climbers!

Click here for Municipal Campground information. Up-to-date locations and prices + online availability and booking.

PLEASE DO NOT CAMP IN THE FOLLOWING PLACES:
*Spit Road - Squamish Estuary/Wildlife Management Area
* Downtown Squamish
* Mamquam Forest Service Road/Powerhouse Springs Road
* Any residential area

RECOMMENDATIONS:

At the base of the Chief
$10/person
This area is literally a one minute walk to the Chief (Campground Wall), five minutes to the Grand Wall boulders, and ten minutes to the base of the Grand Wall. The treed ambiance and cooking area make this a nice place to base yourself. It's about a thirty minute walk into town for groceries, meals etc, and perhaps forty minutes walk to the Smoke Bluffs.

Mamquam River Campground
$15/night
A campground by dirtbags, for dirtbags. It's Squamish's cheapest campground option and is specifically geared toward climbers.

Just across the street from Shannon Falls
$33/night
Maybe ten minutes to the Shannon Falls climbing and twenty minutes to the Grand Wall. It's about ten minutes further from town than the camping at the base of the Chief.

Alice Lake
$12/night
This area accepts reservations, has climbing very close by (not yet posted in the database though), and is probably a good base for climbing north of Squamish, like at Chek.

Accomodations

If you are not interested in camping, here are some other options:

Squamish Hostel - squamishhostel.com/

Howesound Brew Pub (has a few rooms too!) - howesound.com/

There are also many good options available on AirBNB or VRBO, with locations located very close to many of the major climbing areas.

Where to Eat

This is just a sampling, suggest more in the comments if you wish.

Groceries:
Save-On-Foods is the cheapest option, a few blocks into town on the right.
Nester's Market in the plaza at the intersection of Cleveland and Hwy. 99. More expensive.

Pub:
The Howe Sound Inn&Brewing Co. right at the very end of Cleveland Street. This is very popular hangout with climbers and other outdoor types. The food is also very good, much better than your average pub fare.

Breakfast:
Chef Big D's for traditional breakfast: eggs, toast, fruit, etc, just down Cleveland on the left
The Mountain Burger House at Cleveland and Pemberton (a few blocks past the plaza) for more of the same
Zephyr Cafe in the same area, serving "craft" food - fancier, more expensive, less filling

Access Information

Squamish Access Society Lots of useful information about access.
- Check the sire for camping information, closures, Perigrin Falcon nesting, and other useful beta.
- Membership is $10 for 5 years. Please join to support ongoing advocacy for climbers.

PLEASE observe camping restrictions and if you are wild camping dispose of human waste appropriately.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Squamish

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 533
Klahanie Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 278
Laughing Crack
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 564
Diedre
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 534
Skywalker
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 500
Penny Lane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 339
Rock On
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 206
The Zip
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 393
Angel's Crest
Trad 13 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 488
Exasperator
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 140
Sunset Strip
Trad 12 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 139
The Great Game
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0
 348
The Grand Wall
Trad, Aid 9 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 284
Crime of the Century
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 79
High Plains Drifter
Trad 3 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 79
Sentry Box
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Klahanie Crack Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 533
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Laughing Crack Smoke Bluffs > Wall Area
 278
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Diedre Chief > Apron
 564
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Skywalker Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 534
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Penny Lane Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 500
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rock On Chief > Apron
 339
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
The Zip Smoke Bluffs > Zip > Zip (South)
 206
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Angel's Crest Chief > Sheriff's Badge
 393
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 13 pitches
Exasperator Chief > Grand Wall Base Area
 488
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Sunset Strip Chief > Dihedrals
 140
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 12 pitches
The Great Game Slhanay
 139
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
The Grand Wall Chief > Grand Wall Area
 348
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0 Trad, Aid 9 pitches
Crime of the Century Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 284
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
High Plains Drifter Chief > Sheriff's Badge
 79
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Sentry Box Murrin Park > Nightmare Rock
 79
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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