Elevation: 7,837 ft
GPS: 49.026, -121.597 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Bradford on Feb 18, 2008 · Updates
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Description

The Chilliwack River Valley provides access to some fine alpine climbing, most notably Mt. Slesse and Mt. Rexford. It is a beautiful place, and is heavily used as a destination getaway for swimming fishing and camping.
Both Slesse and Rexford have numerous routes, none of which should be underestimated. Access to the peaks is via forest service roads.
Mt Slesse lies at the end of Nesakwatch FSR which parallels Nesakwatch Creek. In December of 1956, a TransCanada airplane slammed into the mountain in bad weather. there is a memorial to the crew and passengers on the approach hike. The wreckage and bodies were never recovered, and have long since been swallowed up by the Slesse Glacier. Some debris remains in the area, notably the propeller of Propeller Cairn. It is all protected and all artifacts must be left in place.

Getting There

The Chilliwack River Valley is 2 hours east of Vancouver on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway). Take exit 119 onto Vedder Rd. and go through Sardis/Chilliwack. After about 4.5kms the road comes to a roundabout. Go 1/4 way around the roundabout exiting right for Chilliwack River Rd. Drive 30kms down this road (paved) to the Nesakwatch Creek Forest Service Rd. (gravel) on your right. The turn is just past Riverside Campground (signed) and has signs for the Slesse Memorial Trail. Turn right on the Nesakwatch FSR, cross 2 bridges a short ways in to a t-intersection. Turn right here and continue 7kms up the Nesakwatch FSR to the Mt Slesse Memorial Trailhead Parking. The Slesse Memorial Trail provides access to climbing routes on the east side of the mountain.  

West side climbs are traditionally accessed via the Slesse Creek FSR, 21kms from the roundabout, however this road is gated and closed to cars. The Canadian Military conducts training in this valley and does not allow vehicles to access the Slesse Creek FSR. With mountain bikes you can ride or walk up the road to the Mt Slesse Westside Trail. This trail is a beast, climbing straight uphill for 1600m to Mt Slesse. 

Optionally a new route on the eastside (Crack Of Noon Club 5.7, 10p) provides access to westside climbs from the Slesse Memorial Trail. Link Crack Of Noon Club into one of the westside routes to climb to the summit of Mt Slesse. This option offers up to 17 pitches of moderate 5.7 climbing with options for amazing bivy spots on the Crossover Pass Ridge. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Slesse

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Crack Of Noon Club
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
North Pillar
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 55
Northeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 25 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crack Of Noon Club
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
North Pillar
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Northeast Buttress
 55
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 25 pitches
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