Elevation: 181 ft
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Area Order: left to right

Elephant Cave
Hidden Wall
Fairyland
Upper Tier
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

Description

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.

  • All of the Rigaud crags are on private property. While not all are specifically on Mont Rigaud's property, the only authorized approach is via the ski hill. Please do not access the crags via neighbouring properties (private residences/monastery).
  • Opening hours are 9am - 7pm from May 1st - Oct 1st. In response to customer requests, Mont Rigaud is experimenting with a later close this summer(2020). Hours will be 9am - 8pm until the end of August. Depending on weather trends each year, access is often possible from 9am - 4pm much later into the Fall. The parking lot gates are locked at close. Access is prohibited outside of opening hours and at all times once the ski hill is operational for the winter season.
  • Access fees apply - $5/group arriving in the same vehicle. This gives access to the property, parking, etc, and goes into maintaining approaches, washroom facilities (in non-COVID times), cleaning up trash, etc. Season passes are also available.
  • Parking is prohibited on Rte 325 (ch. des Érables and ch. de la Montagne) as well as past the stop on ch. du Petit-Brûlé. Fines for parking on a numbered highway are high.
  • Volunteer setters, working through the FQME, are responsible for opening routes, checking fixed gear, etc. If you see them, be sure to thank them for their great work. Remember, you and only you are ultimately responsible for your safety. If you notice something that concerns you, we definitely want to hear about it, but may not be in a position to correct it immediately. 
  • Camping and fires of any kind are not permitted. Climbers interested in camping could check out Camping Choisy (family-oriented campground in Rigaud) or Parc Voyageur (Ontario provincial park about 15km west of Rigaud with more rustic sites and beaches).

Getting There

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.

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mont Rigaud

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 34
Shish Kebob
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 16
The Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Killer Bunnies from Mars / Attac…
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
40 foot Smurf
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
This Bob's For You
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Stigmata
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Former Rock Star
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 21
Smeg Head
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Sidewinder
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
The Corner
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Pourquoi sacrer
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Red Dwarf
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Vol de nuit
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Discharge
Sport, TR
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 4
What About Bob? aka Croix de pierre
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shish Kebob 5. Bob's Wall
 34
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
The Dihedral 6. Main Wall
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Killer Bunnies from Mars /… 6. Main Wall
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
40 foot Smurf 6. Main Wall
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
This Bob's For You 5. Bob's Wall
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Stigmata 6. Main Wall
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Former Rock Star 7. Gully Walls
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Smeg Head 8. STD Wall
 21
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Sidewinder 6. Main Wall
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
The Corner 6. Main Wall
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Pourquoi sacrer 8. STD Wall
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Red Dwarf 7. Gully Walls
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Vol de nuit 8. STD Wall
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Discharge 8. STD Wall
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
What About Bob? aka Croix d… 5. Bob's Wall
 4
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad, TR
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