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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 the Seward Highway, although there is plenty located off the road on natural formations. This area is known for its loose rock and generally chossy nature, although the crags hold many hidden gems. Wearing a helmet is a must! Routes range in difficulty from easy 5.5 trad at Bermuda Triangle to hard 5.14a test pieces like "Howl of the Damned," at Shriek of the Mutilated. Seward Highway even hosts climbs established by the legendary 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 the famous bore tide, 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. Unfortunately, Seward Highway has the distinction of being voted by Climbing Magazine as one of the five worst climbing areas in America. 


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
 51
Sunshine Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Butt Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Accident Victim
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Elite Eight
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Road Warrior
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Pivot Point
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
No Whiners
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
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
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Twinkle Toes
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
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
 14
Dino Who?
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Ridge Sunshine Ridge
 51
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Butt Crack Pivot Point > Upper Pivot Point
 47
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
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Road Warrior Sunshine Ridge
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pivot Point Pivot Point > Lower Pivot Point
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
No Whiners Goats Head Soup
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Great Lobster Dispute Goats Head Soup
 22
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
Twinkle Toes Twinkle Toes Area
 13
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Dino's Stubble Trouble Dino Head
 16
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
 14
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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