Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Climb this South Ontario crag

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Beginner-friendly

Full day

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area is chalk-full of incredible climbing routes and it’s just a short drive from the city. Conveniently located in Milton, this easily accessible crag is ideal for honing your skills, learning the sport from experienced climbers, or just taking in a beautiful view.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

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Driving time from Burlington

20 minutes

Designated climbing sites

3

Climbing routes

235

Planning your trip

Things to know before the approach

Getting to the crag

Enter Rattlesnake Point from Appleby Line, just south of the 401. You can choose to park at the upper or lower lot. In either case, it’s a short hike to the East and West Walls and there is a staircase conveniently separating the two, which makes it easy to set up your top rope anchors.

There are over 130 routes on the East and West Walls, but if you want more, you can hike a bit farther west toward Buffalo Crag and Nassagaweya Lookout for 100+ additional routes. 

Need a ride to Rattlesnake Point? Parkbus offers daytrips from Toronto.

Hang out on the escarpment

Rattlesnake has enough bolted anchors to fill your schedule and empty your chalk bag. All of these options means you’re almost guaranteed to find a good warm up and a new project. There aren’t any bolted sport routes, but if that’s what you’re into, then check out Mount Nemo, which is a climbing area only a ten minute drive to the south.

Learn from experts

Rattlesnake Point is a great place to learn the ropes, but it’s important you have all of the proper gear and knowledge before heading out. If you’re new to climbing, you can take outdoor rock climbing classes that take place at Rattlesnake Point; there are a number of different options to choose from.

The limestone cliffs that make up the Niagara Escarpment are notoriously loose rocks so choose your holds and cracks wisely, do your checks and always wear a helmet.

Enjoy the wildlife

Rattlesnake Point is home to wildlife, as well as cedars that are over 800 years old. Avoid wrapping the trees to build anchors so they can grow even older. The cliffs at Rattlesnake create thermal drafts that attract turkey vultures to the area. As you hang atop the escarpment and enjoy the view, soaring vultures might surround you, playing in the wind.

Why stop there?

If you want a break from the rocks, Rattlesnake has some epic trails, including the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail, a 7.2km trail that connects Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Be warned this trail is not a loop, so undertaking the full thing means hiking over 14km. Once you reach Crawford Lake there’s a 15th century Iroquoian village you can explore if you want a mid-hike break.

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