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Eklutna Canyon

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Access Issue: The Eklutna Canyon drainage is open to climbing but is on private property belonging to Ekultna Incorporated. Details

Description

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.

Routes from Left to Right

M5-6
 4
Rawdog
Sport, Mixed
WI4
 20
Mad Dog
Ice
M5
 3
Corksnake
Sport, Mixed
M5+
 1
Corkscrewy
Sport, Mixed
M6-
 1
Wino Arete
Sport, Mixed
M8
 2
The M8 Route
Sport, TR, Mixed
M5-6
 4
Ecto Cooler
Sport, Mixed
WI4
 16
T.J. Swann
Ice
M6-
 6
Hamburger in the Dark
Sport, Mixed
M4+
 3
Hot Dog Down A Hallway
Trad, Mixed 2 pitches
M7+
 4
Two Flew over the Cookoo's Nest
Sport, Mixed
M5+
 1
Rich and Rare
Sport, Mixed
WI3
 38
Ripple
Ice
WI3
 23
Boonesfarm
Ice 2 pitches
M5-6
 9
Unknown 1
Sport, Mixed
WI3
 17
Annie Greensprings
Ice
M5-6
 2
Slime Line
Sport, Mixed
M6-7
 2
Slot Machine
Sport, Mixed
M5-6
 2
Grape ape
Sport, Mixed
M5-6
 5
Righthand crack
Sport, Mixed
M6
 4
Left Crack
Sport, Mixed
WI4
 7
The Dam
Ice
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rawdog
 4
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
Mad Dog
 20
WI4 Ice
Corksnake
 3
M5 Sport, Mixed
Corkscrewy
 1
M5+ Sport, Mixed
Wino Arete
 1
M6- Sport, Mixed
The M8 Route
 2
M8 Sport, TR, Mixed
Ecto Cooler
 4
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
T.J. Swann
 16
WI4 Ice
Hamburger in the Dark
 6
M6- Sport, Mixed
Hot Dog Down A Hallway
 3
M4+ Trad, Mixed 2 pitches
Two Flew over the Cookoo's…
 4
M7+ Sport, Mixed
Rich and Rare
 1
M5+ Sport, Mixed
Ripple
 38
WI3 Ice
Boonesfarm
 23
WI3 Ice 2 pitches
Unknown 1
 9
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
Annie Greensprings
 17
WI3 Ice
Slime Line
 2
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
Slot Machine
 2
M6-7 Sport, Mixed
Grape ape
 2
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
Righthand crack
 5
M5-6 Sport, Mixed
Left Crack
 4
M6 Sport, Mixed
The Dam
 7
WI4 Ice

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Hugging the wall on the way to climb the Ripple in Eklutna Canyon
[Hide Photo] Hugging the wall on the way to climb the Ripple in Eklutna Canyon
The decent into the canyon
[Hide Photo] The decent into the canyon
Approach to the climbs in Eklutna Canyon
[Hide Photo] Approach to the climbs in Eklutna Canyon