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Seward Highway 


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Description 

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


321 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',105],['1 Star',105],['Bomb',47]
['<=5.6',17],['5.7',20],['5.8',38],['5.9',38],['5.10',114],['5.11',58],['5.12',22],['5.13',7],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Seward Highway:
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Sunshine Ridge
Raspberry Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Dino Head
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
Best Deal in Town   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Dino Head
No Whiners   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Goats Head Soup
Pivot Point   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 40'   Pivot Point : Lower Pivot Point
Great Lobster Dispute   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Goats Head Soup
Goat's Head Soup   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Goats Head Soup
Pocket Rocket   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Dino Head
Shiner   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   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
What's Up Dino?   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     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
Bermuda Triangle   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Bermuda Triangle
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Paul Risse leading Dino Who? 5.11c

Dino Who? 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  AK : Seward Highway : Dino Head
Near the left end of the cliff, locate the dramatically overhanging green-and-purple colored corner. Technical stemming, palming, counter-pressure and layback moves will get you up one of the finer routes on the highway. Very steep, and each move gets harder until the crux finale. Lots of cool moves packed into one short route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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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 Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Feb 13, 2013

Trundling Monkeys Foot

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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.