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Marble Canyon
Type: Feature_Other Elevation: 1773 m (5817 ft)
Location:   50.85300,-121.70200     50:51:11, -121:42:07   10U 591366 5634281
(17 km NE of Fountain).
Ranges: North America Ranges / BC Interior Plateau / Marble Range


Marble Canyon is a valley cut through massive limestone cliffs. It separates the Clear Range (to the south) from the Marble Range (on the north), and is located between Lillooet and Cache Creek. The cliffs are popular with climbers and have routes up to 18 pitches long. There are three lakes in the canyon, the largest of which (Pavilion Lake) has bizarre 'fresh water coral reefs' formed by apparently unique bacteria, which occur no where else in the world, or so it is said. The site is in the process of becoming a UN World Heritage Site.

The Main Wall of Marble Canyon (photo) rises 800m from the lakeshore and is home to the demanding 17 pitch, 5.10d A0 route "The Yellow Brick Road", as well as the famous "Pavilion Edge" and others. The relevant climbing guidebook is "Central BC Rock", by Lyle Knight. There is also fine hiking and scrambling in the adjacent Marble Range and Clear Range, using routes created by the healthy goat population in the area. Strangely enough, the rock is not marble at all, but a crystalline limestone.

In winter, Marble Canyon is visited by a few ice fishermen and many ice climbers who come to sample the beautiful and accessible frozen waterfalls. In particular "Icy BC" (3 pitches WI 5) is perhaps the most popular waterfall ice climb west of the Rocky Mountains.
Marble Canyon - Main Wall

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8 Chimney Rock, Marble Canyon Lyle Knight
6 Leading Chimney Rock Route, Marble Canyon Lyle Knight
5 Pavilion Lake Andrew Wong
5 Marble Canyon Ice Climbs Lyle Knight
5 Chimney Rock (Coyote's Penis), Marble Canyon Mike Cleven
4 Crown Lake Falls in Winter (Icy BC) Mike Cleven
4 Aerial View of Marble Canyon Mike Cleven
3 Marble Canyon - Upper Wall Right Jason Dixon
3 Marble Canyon - Upper Wall Left Jason Dixon
3 Marble Canyon Lower Slabs - Spot the Climbers (Five of Them) Jason Dixon
3 Detail of top area of Marble Canyon Mike Cleven