Chickies Rock Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Ross Purnell on Feb 14, 2008|
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There is a popular bouldering area called "The Cave" and not far away, in the Trail Valley area, there is a 3-pitch climb with bolted belayed stations that finishes on the steep face on one of the highest points of Chickies Rock. If you like topping out at a popular tourist outlook, this one is for you.
The crag is in Chickies Rock County Park with plenty of parking and a flat, well-developed paved bike trail. Access does not come easier than Chickies Rock.
Chickies Rock is the largest exposed anticline on the East Coast. According to USGS, the summit of the ridge is 587 feet (179 metres) above sea level. At its highest point the rock is about 250 feet tall. On the face where the main crowd climbs, the cliff is about 150 feet. Maybe 75-100 feet up to Riverview Ledge, and then another 50 feet up The Block if you try for a second pitch; very few people do that. The climb straight up the center of The Block is an excellent 5.8 called Ape Call that is rarely climbed.
This is a trad area. If you set up top ropes on Riverview ledge, allow ground-up leaders to climb through, and share the lines with other parties. It's generally a friendly group of people eager to share the Chickies Rock experience.
Follow the NLCRT east and south (downriver), use the bridge to cross Chiques Creek, and follow the paved path until you get to the cliff. The first area you encounter to the left is the Northwest Buttress. Sometimes the trees and bushes are so thick you can barely see it. Continue walking toward Columbia and you'll find the Main Wall at the south end of Chickies Rock. "Trail Valley" is the path along the base of the cliff just to the left of the Main Wall.
Please reach out to SCPC in regards to the relationship between climbers and LCPR. SCPC has worked hard to keep a positive relationship with them and knows about the most current access/crag conditions. Thank you!
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