Elevation: 16 ft
GPS: 61.058, -149.798 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dustin English on Jul 10, 2007
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Seward Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 46
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Butt Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Accident Victim
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
Elite Eight
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Road Warrior
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Pivot Point
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 30
No Whiners
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Great Lobster Dispute
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Thrombosis
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Shiner
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Goat's Head Soup
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Dino's Stubble Trouble
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Code Red
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Piece of the Pie
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Dino Who?
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Ridge Sunshine Ridge
 46
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Butt Crack Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Accident Victim Red Gate
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Elite Eight Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Road Warrior Sunshine Ridge
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pivot Point Pivot Point > Lower Pivot Point
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
No Whiners Goats Head Soup
 30
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Great Lobster Dispute Goats Head Soup
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Thrombosis Sunshine Ridge
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Shiner Goats Head Soup
 24
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Goat's Head Soup Goats Head Soup
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dino's Stubble Trouble Dino Head
 14
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Code Red Mosquito Ledge
 3
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Piece of the Pie Mosquito Ledge
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Dino Who? Dino Head
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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