"Rock Climbing - Skaha Bluffs" Skaha Lake Things to Do Tip by firechick
Skaha Lake Things to Do: 2 reviews and 2 photos
Skaha bluffs contain more than 120 cliffs - only some of which are developed climbs - but still there are over 650 developed routes here.
The climbs range from single-pitch sport climbs (bolts are recent and somewhat overdone on some climbs - ratings are also recent so will seem 'easy' if you come from Yosemite or 'older' climbing areas) to several longer trad climbs that are well worth trying and of great quality. Gneiss rock - some overhangs, mostly steep face climbs, but with lots of positive holds. Many climbs are shaded by pine trees, and usually there is a really good breeze blowing through the trees.
Directions to get there (wouldn't fit in section for directions!!) :
From South Main street in downtown Penticton, turn east onto Crescent Hill road (at the north end of Skaha Lake), then turn south onto Valleyview road at the top of the hill. Follow this road to the end lot, marked by a sign and message board. Ascend a very long set of stairs east on a trail to get to the climbs. Did I mention it was a loooong set of stairs?? Better be in shape for this one!
Good guide book we used is called "Skaha Rockclimbs" by Howie Richardson and is accurate and not too difficult to follow.
Plum Line and Double Exposure were 2 of the favorite climbs we did.
Note that there is pay parking as the land to access the trail head is privately owned (the majority of the Bluffs themselves are public land, but find out the rules before setting new routes - some bluffs are privately owned and it would ruin access for others if you trespassed). Safer to stick to established climbs here for access reasons. Please pay the fees and be respectful to avoid future access issues. ($5 per day Canadian)
Address: Outside Penticton BC, Braesyde parking lot
Directions: Directions in text above (too long for this field) Search Google on Penticton and Climbing and you will see many websites w/great info on what to climb and where to stay - a guide book is invaluable.