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Cougar Creek

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About Cougar Creek:

The climbing area at Cougar Creek offers multi, and single pitch crack and slab climbing that’s so good you’d think you where in Squamsih. Unfortunately, because of its somewhat remote nature, 40 minute hike, and only a few bolted climbs, it has seen few visits from climbers. On the positive side, the climbing is spectacular and the hike to the cliffs passes through a huge boulderfield that features boulders as high as 25 meters. Some boulder problems have been developed with many more to come.

The rock type is called Gneiss, but is almost identical in form and structure to granite. The highest cliff is approximately 150m, while several others are over 70m high.

There is a free online guide book, including topos, that details all the climbing available for Cougar Creek.

Check out the on-line guide

Nearest town or city: Nelson
Directions: Turn at the Valhalla Park sign at Passmore, cross the bridge, and continue straight following the paved road until it becomes the Little Slocan Forest Service road. Follow this road for several kilometers. After crossing Koch Creek, a major drainage, turn left on the Koch Creek Forest Service road. After 4-5 kilometers, look for the old sawdust pile on your right. Be aware that there is another road before the sawdust pile that has a vertical sign that says "Cougar Creek Road". This is the wrong road. Take the first right past the sawdust pile (red "Cougar Creek Road" sign) and continue to just beyond the 3 km marker (cross-ditched and may require a high clearance vehicle) where the old road leaves the newer road. Either park here and walk up the old road about 200m to the trail head (marked by a cairn) or drive up the old road, but it may be difficult to turn around for large trucks. Please make sure you don't block the turn-around area. The drive is about 1.25 hours from Nelson.
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Camping: Free
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