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About SKAHA:

Skaha is a true gem in the crown of BC rock rock climbing. Over 650 routes on some outstanding edgy gneiss in the warm Okanagan Valley.

Sport climbing predominates, although there are a number of fine gear routes as well. The Skaha Bluffs are a series of north-south canyons with cliffs of up to 80 metres on either side, providing some shady respite from the summer heat of the Okanagan.

The edgy, featured nature of the rock has resulted in vertical walls with the potential for routes almost anywhere

Nearest town or city: Penticton
Directions:

The Skaha Bluffs are located on a series of cliffs on the east side of the Okanagan Valley, just outside of Penticton. Although the climbs are on crown land, there is no public access or parking, which has led to some issues over the past few years.

Currently, one of the local farms has provided a (pay) parking lot, and access. The only access to the Bluffs is from the Braeside Parking lot at the end of Valleyview Road.

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 very end (it gets very narrow and winding), until you reach the parking lot, marked by a sign and message board.

The parking lot costs $3 per day, per person (a small price for the fine climbing at the bluffs). From the lot, a trail heads east past the pond to the bluffs. Stairs have been put in to prevent erosion and, just this year (2005), a hand rail has been put up (made from steel residentual gas pipe, very solid)

Latitude, Longitude:
Access Issues: Perminent access Pending. Visit access-society.ca for more info.
Camping: Yes
When to Climb:
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

Forum Discussions (15 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Gear found at Ochre davidbr 0 Apr 03 2013, 9:26 AM
With Replies Lost Sunglasses at Skaha, last weekend jenka 5 Sep 24 2012, 12:32 AM
With Replies Skaha INFO! darkgift06 2 Jan 18 2011, 10:02 AM
With Replies skaha must do .. Frigon 3 Sep 27 2008, 9:15 PM
No Replies Camping information largeunb 0 Jul 26 2008, 8:23 AM
With Replies Skaha easy-moderate trad routes? andrewbanandrew 5 Jun 06 2008, 6:17 PM
With Replies Easter long weekend? sandraa 1 May 22 2008, 12:00 PM
With Replies May Long - 2007 chalk_bag 1 Mar 13 2008, 11:13 PM
No Replies Thanksgiving long weekend at Skaha - where to stay? wings 0 Oct 01 2006, 2:30 PM
With Replies Is www.skaha.org Gone? marc801 2 Sep 03 2005, 7:24 AM
With Replies Skaha Rack trick 5 Aug 01 2005, 3:54 PM
With Replies Skaha Burning? need info darkside 1 Aug 23 2003, 9:35 PM
With Replies Skaha camping (so expensive??) missedyno 5 Aug 01 2003, 11:45 AM
With Replies New Skaha Guidebook peas 4 Aug 16 2005, 9:38 AM
With Replies May long weekend get together in Skaha B.C.?? kelownaclimber 33 May 21 2002, 7:05 AM