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The Best Rock Climbing in British Columbia

Looking for the best rock climbing in British Columbia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around British Columbia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near British Columbia

  • Britannia Beach, British Columbia

    Hike and Climb the Chief

    4.4
    6.8 mi / 1968.5 ft gain
    If you are hiking this spot, you can do so even as a beginner so long as you have a good fitness level. I’ve seen people do this in jeans and dress shoes, although they are crazy. Wear some hikers and prepare to get your sweat on. There are three peaks, first is the most popular, second has the b...
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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Summit Black Tusk in Garabaldi Provincial Park

    5.0
    19 mi / 5708.7 ft gain
    If you are going to carry in a backpack for an overnight hike, you should have a good level of fitness. For a day hike, the trail is nearly 30km long, so still a good level of fitness is required. The trail isn’t technically challenging, but it is up in the alpine and has some serious altitude ga...
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  • Central Kootenay H, British Columbia

    Hike to Gimli Ridge

    The hike to Gimli Ridge is one of only two hikes in the Valhallas that reach up to the alpine area. It provides stunning scenery of the surrounding range, and an intimate experience with the huge monolith that is Gimli Peak.The trail steadily climbs elevation. From the trailhead, Gimli seems dece...
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  • Britannia Beach, British Columbia

    Rock Climb at Seal Cove

    From the Britannia Beach parking lot walk north. There is a well established trail along the West side of the highway. Walk roughly 400 metres North and you will find a steep trail leading towards the ocean. You'll quickly come to a small boulder field, cross cautiously and follow the cairns. Fr...
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  • Alberni-Clayoquot C, British Columbia

    Climb Mackenzie Peak

    6.2 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    The mountains of the South Central Range of Vancouver Island that skirt Highway 4 leading to Tofino are often overlooked as in that region surfing is the big draw, while the larger peaks of Strathcona Peak call to others. I feel this spot is a true gem of the island, with unparalleled biodiversit...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Summit Needle Peak

    5.0
    8.1 mi / 2893.7 ft gain
    Make your way to the Zopkios exit (#217) on the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5), which is almost exactly halfway between the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan of BC. The trailhead is off the pipeline service road on the opposite side of the highway as the rest stop. The hike can be done in one day, but ...
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  • Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia

    Summit The Golden Hinde

    5.0
    40.4 mi / 5987.5 ft gain
    As Vancouver Island's highest peak, the Golden Hinde is an obvious draw for coastal climbers. Its gravitational pull, however, requires a commitment, given this crown jewel of the Island Alpine is also one of its most remote, and gains more elevation than from Base Camp to Everest's summit.Winter...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Hike to Tasty Lake

    8.1 mi / 2894 ft gain
    To Needle PeakTotal Distance: 13.0 km (return)Estimated Time: 4 - 7 hoursAverage Grade: 13.6%Structure: Linear - ReturnElevation Gain: 882 mStart Elevation: 1210 mMax Elevation: 2092 mTo Small LakeTotal Distance: 13.0 km (return)Estimated Time: 4 - 6 hoursAverage Grade: ...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Hike Yak Peak

    5.0
    3.4 mi / 2755.9 ft gain
    The granite slab of Yak Peak is easily identified by those passing by on the Coquihalla Highway. What most don't know is there is a hiking trail and climbing opportunities, both offering amazing 360 degree views of the Zopkios range and beyond.This hike starts at the Zopkios rest area (across the...
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  • Alberni-Clayoquot D, British Columbia

    Climb Triple Peak

    5.6 mi / 3149.6 ft gain
    Access to Triple Peak mountain is found via the Marion Creek Main logging road approximately 48km west of Port Alberni on your left hand side along highway #4 headed towards Tofino. The road can present seasonal challenges and is rough so best to have a high clearance and 4x4 capable vehicle if p...
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  • Squamish, British Columbia

    Boulder at the Stawamus Chief

    There's so much climbing to be done here -- sport, trad, bouldering! If you're bouldering, it is always shady and cool so bring a light jacket. Most popular season to climb here is in the summer. *If you're visiting from out of town...Need to rent a crash pad or two?There are a few outdoor stores...
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  • Penticton, British Columbia

    Rock Climbing Adventures at Skaha Bluffs

    5.0
    With many different walls to choose from, Skaha Bluffs is a phenomenal climbing area for any level of climber. The rock quality is nothing short of phenomenal, and you will learn to trust even the smallest of holds!Because Penticton is in the Okanagan Valley, it does get quite warm. Consider plan...
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  • East Kootenay G, British Columbia

    Climb Bugaboo Spire, NE Ridge

    6 mi / 2300 ft gain
    The adventure of the Bugaboos starts almost at the highway when you turn off at Brisco. A collection of rough and tumble roads that are only recently signed towards the Bugaboo Provincial Parking Lot are exciting enough... 4WD isn't required, but a car with decent clearance will make the drive mu...
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  • Errington, British Columbia

    Winter Climbing Mount Arrowsmith

    Mount Arrowsmith resides in the heart of Vancouver Island between Nanaimo and Tofino within the Alberni Valley region. At the height of 1817m this peak boasts being the tallest point on the southern half of the island. With it's easy access it is surely the most visited and summited mountain on t...
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  • Squamish, British Columbia

    Hike the First Peak of the Stawamus Chief

    2.5 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Just a short drive up the Sea to Sky Highway is one of my favorite hikes near Vancouver. There are two options; the hike to first peak, or the hike to second and third peak. First Peak brings you to an epic view over Sqawmish, the Sea to Sky, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a perfect hike for those ...
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  • Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

    Hike to Boulder Gardens

    4.0
    2.5 mi
    Boulder Gardens is a 2-3 hour, 4 km return hike on Mount Babcock in BC. While hiking on this trail you walk through alpine forests, huge rock formations and boulders, and amazing panoramic views. There are many cliffs on this trail and in the area, some used for rock climbing. There is a small la...
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