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Squamish...so say a guy needs a parking spot....


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Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

So typically I stay at Paradise Valley Campground.  I don't mind paying, the people are nice, and I like the paradise boulders right there, and access to Chek.

however all campgrounds including Paradise are soldout this weekend.  If A guy did want to park his Van in Squamish or the vacinity for 1 night, where would he do it?

I understand this has been an issue recently, but this will be my 1st time back in 2 years and It seems things have changed.  

Andreas Slette · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 5

dont know if walmart has cracked down yet, but once some dirtbags cousins sister-in-law told me that was ok.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365
Andreas Slette wrote:

dont know if walmart has cracked down yet, but once some dirtbags cousins sister-in-law told me that was ok.

Yea. Rumor has it the Walmart is a no go.  But thanks anyway. Maybe we will check it out and see what happens. 

Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 13,267

Dan...turn left on Clevland Avenue from the Sea to Ski Hwy (the corner with the McDonald's) and go across the railroad trails. On the left you'll see a large gravel area parallel to the railroad tracks. This is before you enter downtown Squamish.  We have used this several years to park in our RV while visiting Squamish. No water or services, just a flat no hassle place to park for a night or two. There is a climbing store, bank, and grocery store 50 yds from the parking area.

Creed A · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 775

Sorry to ask a question on your thread, but I'm visiting Squamish for 2 weeks in July. Should I reserve camping? I was planning on just showing up.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530
Creed A wrote:

Sorry to ask a question on your thread, but I'm visiting Squamish for 2 weeks in July. Should I reserve camping? I was planning on just showing up.

Yes, you should. July is high season. 

Dan Durston · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

I've been living in a van in Squamish for the past 2 months. Things are super chill right now. People are even camping in vans in the Chief parking lot. Doesn't sound like they're going to enforce anything until July, and even then just around the chief.

The lot across the road from the chief lot has lots of vans in it every night. Streams of vans come out of the Mamquam FSR every morning (not to be confused with Mamquam Rd), and there are many quiet areas of town where it's easy to park, such as anywhere in the industrial area behind the Wendy's. Walmart is a no go.

The spot Ben describes is fine - people are definately parking there. Personally I'd go somewhere a little quieter, like driving up Mamquam Rd (by Cdn Tire) and then parking at one of the gravel pull outs after Quest University.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365
Dan Durston wrote:

I've been living in a van in Squamish for the past 2 months. Things are super chill right now. People are even camping in vans in the Chief parking lot. Doesn't sound like they're going to enforce anything until July, and even then just around the chief.

The lot across the road from the chief lot has lots of vans in it every night. Streams of vans come out of the Mamquam FSR every morning (not to be confused with Mamquam Rd), and there are many quiet areas of town where it's easy to park, such as anywhere in the industrial area behind the Wendy's. Walmart is a no go.

The spot Ben describes is fine - people are definately parking there. Personally I'd go somewhere a little quieter, like driving up Mamquam Rd (by Cdn Tire) and then parking at one of the gravel pull outs after Quest University.

Thanks for the info, I just moved back to the PNW and some people were going off on van regulation in Squamish lol.  I thought for a second it had turned into Boulder or anywhere in Colorado for that matter.

Creed A · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 775

So sounds like if we have a truck to sleep in, we don't need camping reservations?

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95
Creed A wrote:

So sounds like if we have a truck to sleep in, we don't need camping reservations?

Maybe. In previous years that would be true. This summer, we'll see. There is lots of talk of a camping crackdown this summer. They generally are pretty lax with camping, except during peak season (July-August).

David.Jones · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2009 · Points: 10

As a board member of the Squamish Access Society, I can tell you that authorities this year will likely be acting much  differently this year than years past both in terms of the Chief/Apron lot, Shannon falls, and Murrin lots as well as unofficial camping up the Mamquam FSR (particularly places that are close to the Slhanay, angels crest, etc. trailhead). We will be posting updates on website (sqaumishaccess.ca and our facebook page) as soon as we can. Current info can be found in our annual report:

http://squamishclimbingmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-SAS-AGM-Report.pdf

scroll to page 7 for parking issues.

On a related note, please do your part in maintaining good climber/community relations in Squamish by camping and parking with respect. It is very possible in the coming years we will facing a Yosemite/Camp 4 type of situation if the current trajectory continues.  

And on an somewhat related note, there is logging going on near Chek this spring. We have fought to maintain access, but please plan accordingly (see page 6 of report). We will, again, updated our website and facebook as more info becomes available.

David Jones 

Director at large

Squamish Access Society

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365
David.Jones wrote:

As a board member of the Squamish Access Society, I can tell you that authorities this year will likely be acting much  differently this year than years past both in terms of the Chief/Apron lot, Shannon falls, and Murrin lots as well as unofficial camping up the Mamquam FSR (particularly places that are close to the Slhanay, angels crest, etc. trailhead). We will be posting updates on website (sqaumishaccess.ca and our facebook page) as soon as we can. Current info can be found in our annual report:

http://squamishclimbingmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-SAS-AGM-Report.pdf

scroll to page 7 for parking issues.

On a related note, please do your part in maintaining good climber/community relations in Squamish by camping and parking with respect. It is very possible in the coming years we will facing a Yosemite/Camp 4 type of situation if the current trajectory continues.  

And on an somewhat related note, there is logging going on near Chek this spring. We have fought to maintain access, but please plan accordingly (see page 6 of report). We will, again, updated our website and facebook as more info becomes available.

David Jones 

Director at large

Squamish Access Society

Thanks David.  That's why I was asking because I caught wind of some of these things and would hate to contribute to anything that would hurt access to the area.  I appreciate you posting the report.

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