Nesakwatch Spires

Two rock spires in British Columbia, Canada that offer several alpine climbing options. Near the Chiliwack River, etwo spires are located between Illusion Peaks and Mount Rexford.

getting there

 Drive Canadian Highway 1 east to Exit 119, turn left on Chilliwack Lake Road and follow it 18.7 miles.  Immediately after passing Riverside Campground turn right. At the T, turn right (the road gets much worse from here), stay left for a couple road intersections, then turn right at 3.7 miles from pavement.  Drive one more mile, unless the road is washed out. 


Head steeply up following good tape for about 4,000 feet in a couple of miles.  At 6,000 ft you should be in a basin with the spire above you and camping to the right at about 6,500 ft and across the talus.


north spire, north ridge

This is an good climb by itself, but much better as part of a traverse of the spires.  It forms the left skyline of the spires and varies from Class 3 to Class 5 climbing.

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Intermediate Alpine
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,627 ft
  • 7,277 ft
  • Land Manager: E C Manning Provincial Park
  • Parking Permit Required:
  • Recommended Party Size: 4
  • Maximum Party Size: 4
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • CNTS Chilliwack 92H/4

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