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Routes in Portage

Type: Ice, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: R Squared on May 1, 2007 with updates
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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Take the Portage Valley Road off the Seward Highway as if going to Whittier. A short 5 minute drive will bring you to a point where the road crosses a small creek. Immediately after the creek crossing take the right-hand turn. If snow levels are high it is common to find a small, plowed parking area. If low snow levels exist take the obvious dirt road back into the trees to the base of a large avalanche chute. The climbs are located to the west of the avalanche chute approximately 250 feet above a small creek. Hike to the base of the climbs.


The Five Fingers are visible from the road. Park in the small clear parking area or on the side of the road. A creek crossing is required to get to the climbs. The creek is usually dry in the winter.


Ice screws. Lots of alders exist for anchors but still bring v-thread material just incase.


Greg Sievers
Bozeman, MT
Greg Sievers   Bozeman, MT
heck, it was a crowded few routes back in the early 1980s. but well worth it. no a wilderness experience, but a great place to shake out some cobwebs. :) Oct 28, 2010
Dave Lynch
Waseca, MN
Dave Lynch   Waseca, MN
I climbed here around a dozen different times between 2007 and 2012. Never was crowded. There are actually six full pitch climbs that formed up every year. All within 40 yards of each other. I've never seen more than three of the climbs being utilized in one day, and if you drive five miles in either direction you'll find more WI3 to WI5 ice single or multipitch routes. Bottom line - you never have to wait for a climb. Apr 20, 2013
Does anyone know if there is ice here right now? Jan 24, 2018

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