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Eklutna Canyon

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Eklutna Canyon  

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Approach to the climbs in Eklutna Canyon

The Eklutna Canyon drainage is open to climbing but is on private property belonging to Ekultna Incorporated. MORE INFO >>>


Eklutna Canyon is a very popular place for ice climbing in Alaska. The climbs require around a 30-45 minute hike to reach. The hike is easy. You simply descend the hill to the river then follow the river until you reach the climbs. Usually footsteps are visible the whole way. There will be climbs and mixed routes on both the north and south sides of the canyon. The climbs range from WI2-WI4 and 10m to 70 meters in length.

Getting There 

To reach Eklutna Canyon, drive north on the Glenn Highway away from Anchorage and take the Thunderbird Falls exit No. 25. Park in the Thunderbird Falls parking lot and pay the daily five dollar fee. There are restrooms located in the parking area if needed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eklutna Canyon:
Boonesfarm   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 195'   
Annie Greensprings   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   
T.J. Swann   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mad Dog   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 85'   
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   
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Featured Route For Eklutna Canyon
Mad Dog in bad conditions

Mad Dog WI4  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Mad Dog is a good climb that offers good protection. In years where it is a bit warm, the bottom of the climb might not develop, so it may require some mixed climbing. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Hugging the wall on the way to climb the Ripple in Eklutna Canyon
Hugging the wall on the way to climb the Ripple in...
The decent into the canyon
The decent into the canyon

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