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Bermuda Triangle 
Bird Creek Boulders  
Boy Scout Rocks 
Crack in the Woods 
Der Rinecrag 
Dino Head 
Fundamentalist's Cut 
Goats Head Soup 
Good Times Wall 
Good Vibes Wall 
Grunge Wall - Mile 1.3 
Heifer Boulder  
High Vibes Wall 
Jewel In The Rough 
King Dome - Mile 1.15 
Morning Star Gully 
Mosquito Ledge 
Northwest Passage 
Party World 
Pivot Point 
Red Gate 
Resolution Bluff 
Sea Cave 
Shot Rock 
Shriek of the Mutilated 
Sky Pilot Areas 
Spring Fling 
Sunshine Ridge 
Tram Rock 
Twinkle Toes Area 
Weeping Wall 
Windy Corner  
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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Middle Fork
A trail down the east side of Powerline Pass; out & back or make a loop with Flattop Flyer. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Powerline Pass Ride
A high-speed mountain pass ride with most of the fun at the end. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Flattop Flyer
Mostly singletrack downhill with 2-car shuttle; can be done as and out and back. Near Anchorage, Alaska
The Hive
Outer singletrack on the north perimeter of Hillside; great views of Anchorage. Near Anchorage, Alaska
Hillside Park
A great singletrack tour of east Anchorage with plenty of pedaling and descending. Near Anchorage, Alaska
Bolling Alley
Fun loop on the south side of Kincaid;lots of small rollers and berms. Near Anchorage, Alaska
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This area holds the majority of the rock climbing close to Anchorage. Much of the rock is road cuts along along the Seward Highway, although plenty of rock is located off the road on natural formations. This area is known for its loose rock and general choss although many gems are hidden at crags. But wearing a helmet is a must! Routes exist from easy 5.5 trad routes at Bermuda triangle to hard test pieces like "Howl of the Damned" 5.14a, at Shriek of the Mutilated, with climbs established by legends like Mugs Stump.

Despite the noise of the highway, It is a great place to go to after work or just for a few hours. You can see whales, sheep, bears and eagles all along the road and get some climbing in!

There have been a series of guidebooks published about the climbing on the Seward Highway, notably "The Scar" brought the highway to the masses. Currently the more extensive "Alaska Rock Climbing Guide" by Kelsey Gray has become the book of choice.

As of the last few years a rebolting initiative has been taking place, but not all routes have seen work, use caution while climbing.

Getting There 

Head south out of Anchorage, once you hit the Weigh Station reset your odometer.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

325 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',56],['2 Stars',117],['1 Star',93],['Bomb',46]

Classic Climbing Routes in Seward Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Seward Highway:
Last Call   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Sunshine Ridge
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Sunshine Ridge
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Crack in the Woods   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Crack in the Woods : Lower Crack in the Woods
Urban Blight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Party World
Elite Eight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 30'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Classic Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Good Vibes Wall
Accident Victim    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Red Gate
The Unforgiven   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Sunshine Ridge
Best Deal in Town   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Dino Head
Pivot Point   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 40'   Pivot Point : Lower Pivot Point
Kids in a Candy Store   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 80'   Resolution Bluff
Great Lobster Dispute   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Goats Head Soup
No Whiners   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Goats Head Soup
Thrombosis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunshine Ridge
Goat's Head Soup   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Goats Head Soup
Road Soda   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Sunshine Ridge
Dino's Stubble Trouble   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Dino Head
Dino Later   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Dino Head
Dino Who?   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Dino Head
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Unknown 1 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  AK : Seward Highway : Mosquito Ledge
the trail meets the cliff climb up past the left side of the roof. The second bolt is located under the roof. Clip 2 & 3 could both use runners to cut down on rope drag. Pull a roof onto a ledge with small alders. Continue on face moves past a few small bulges and ledges to the anchor under a pine tree at the top of the cliff....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 15, 2011

Loose rock is the norm. I'm excited when a hold DOESN'T break during a climb.
By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Feb 13, 2013
Trundling Monkeys Foot

A little video to give you a taste of the rock. I just can't believe it was an established route.
By thomas ellis
From: abq
Apr 17, 2014
That was great! Makes me glad I climb in Fairbanks.

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