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Rabbit Lake
An out and back double/singletrack up a beautiful alpine valley. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Middle Fork
A trail down the east side of Powerline Pass; out & back or make a loop with Flattop Flyer. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Powerline Pass Ride
A high-speed mountain pass ride with most of the fun at the end. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
South Fork Rim
This trail heads along the south/west side of South Fork Campbell Creek canyon. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Flattop Flyer
Mostly singletrack downhill with 2-car shuttle; can be done as and out and back. Near Anchorage, Alaska
The Hive
Outer singletrack on the north perimeter of Hillside; great views of Anchorage. Near Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
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Anchorage & South Central Alaska  Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This area encompasses all of the rock/ice/snow climbing areas in the vicinity of South Central Alaska. The largest city in this region is the Municipality of Anchorage, with approximately 250,000 residents. South Central Alaska includes all areas along the Glenn Highway north/east to Glenallen, along the Seward Highway to Whittier and onto the Parks Highway half way between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Additional Information about Anchorage and South Central Alaska Climbing:


There is a gym in Anchorage, alaskarockgym.com and also a small gym in Wasilla. There are two guidebooks for sport/trad climbing by Kelsey Gray and a bouldering guide by Todd Helgeson and David Funatake. Todd's site akclimber.com is a really good resource for bouldering updates and there is a Face Book group for AKclimber as well.
The guidebooks are available at the below links:

akclimber.com/guidebook-orderi... for the bouldering guide

alaskarockclimbing.com/ for the route guidebooks, there are two volumes.

Also, to give an idea of the rock at Hatcher Pass, here is a link to the official Trailer of "Falling Forward", which is a video about alpine bouldering in Alaska and will be premiered and released next spring.

Getting There 

If you don't live in the state of Alaska, the best way to get there is via plane, landing at the Ted Stevens International Airport and renting a car.

Climbing Season



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1,286 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Anchorage & South Central Alaska

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Anchorage & South Central Alaska :
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Simple Twist of Fate   WI5-     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Kid's Corner   WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Caribou Creek
The Slot   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Monolith
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'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Physical Attraction   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : Zulu Wall
Snowflake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : SnowBird Slab/Cornerstone
Elite Eight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 30'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Road Warrior   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Pivot Point   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 40'   Pivot Point : Lower Pivot Point
Toto   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
Crisco Kid   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Portage : Byron Glacier Wall
Seismic Wave   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Weiner Lake Routes : Left Cave
Dino Who?   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Seward Highway : Dino Head
Tunnel Vision    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Fairangel Gap and Valley : Tunnel Vision Wall
Thief Among Us   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 65'   Dew Mound : Arrowhead Wall
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Featured Route For Anchorage & South Central Alaska
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The Razors Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : 27 Mile
This striking arete feature will likely be the first thing you notice. A hard move off the ground leads to a spectacular section of barn door laybacks. Finish up on cruiser jugs to a two bolt anchor. There is an enjoyable variation that breaks left to the anchor of Karen's Crack. Make sure to bring a couple runners for this. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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