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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
Hillside Park
A great singletrack tour of east Anchorage with plenty of pedaling and descending. Near Anchorage, 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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1,228 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 :
Simple Twist of Fate   WI5-     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Hung Jury   WI4 R     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
Bridalveil Falls   WI5     Ice, 5 pitches, 800'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Kid's Corner   WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   Anchorage & South Central I... : Caribou Creek
Ski Tracks   WI4 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 2000'   Ptarmigan Peak
Green Steps   WI5     Ice, 4 pitches, 650'   Valdez : Keystone Canyon
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
The Apology Foot Rub   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 115'   The Crack Garden : The Crack Garden
Orangutan Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Monolith
Randys roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 100'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Jungle Gym
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
Toto to the Pinnacle link up   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1800'   Archangel Valley Sport and ... : The Diamond
Escape From the lemming Ranch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Reed Lakes Bouldering and C... : Inferno wall
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
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
Rock Climbing Photo: Code Red stays right after pulling the through the...

Code Red 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Alaska : Seward Highway : Mosquito Ledge
Code Red starts twenty feet right from where the approach trail meets the cliff. Climb up a slab with good holds to the center of a roof about 20' high. Make your first clip after the lip of the roof then pull onto mossy holds on well spaced bolts just right of Code Red Left. At the 50' mark you will pass an anchor that can be clipped with an extendable to link up the second pitch. Pitch two passes multiple roofs and excellent face climbing up high on the route. It is recommended to climb thi...[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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