Seward Highway Rock Climbing
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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.
Head south out of Anchorage, once you hit the Weigh Station reset your odometer.
Weather station 3.0 miles from here
334 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',60],['2 Stars',121],['1 Star',95],['Bomb',47]
Classic Climbing Routes in Seward Highway
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Sunshine Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b AK
: Seward Highway
: Sunshine Ridge
The best rock quality out on the highway (second pitch)? Actually a fun multipitch although on the easy side, Sunshine Ridge is a great afternoon climb. The route starts about 50 feet up the scree gully below morning star. Look for bolts that lead left on a short slab. This is likely most often done as an afterwork solo. It is often done in the winter with tools, and is good prep for alpine mixed. There are many possible variations that you can start on from the road including mayday, and the t...[more] Browse More Classics in AK
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 15, 2011
WEAR A HELMET.
Loose rock is the norm. I'm excited when a hold DOESN'T break during a climb.
By thomas ellis
Apr 17, 2014
That was great! Makes me glad I climb in Fairbanks.