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
326 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',60],['2 Stars',115],['1 Star',93],['Bomb',46]
Classic Climbing Routes in Seward Highway
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Piece of the Pie 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c AK
: Seward Highway
: Mosquito Ledge
This route is much like Code Red in that it should be done in one pitch and can be lowered in one long rappel or two shorter ones.P1 This route starts up the ramp till you reach some good underlings under the roof located 22' high. Make your first clip after the lip and pull on to a mossy face for twenty feet before the rock cleans up. Continue up the face to a center belay station.P2 Climb up past a ledge to gain access to steep crux face located on the upper section of wall just below the...[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.