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Annie Greensprings 
Dam, The 
M8 Route, The S,TR 
Mad Dog 
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Rich and Rare S 
Righthand crack  S 
T.J. Swann 
Two Flew over the Cookoo's Nest S 

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

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eklutna Canyon:
Annie Greensprings   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   
The Dam   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 61'   
T.J. Swann   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Boonesfarm   WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 195'   
Righthand crack    M5-6     Sport, Mixed, 55'   
Mad Dog   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 85'   
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   
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Featured Route For Eklutna Canyon
The Ripple, WI3

Ripple WI3  AK : Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
This is probably one of the most popular climbs in Alaska. This is an nice WI3 climb that is in every year....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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Hugging the wall on the way to climb the Ripple in...
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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