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Annie Greensprings 
Dam, The 
Ecto Cooler S 
Hamburger in the Dark S 
Hot Dog Down A Hallway T 
Left Crack S 
M8 Route, The S,TR 
Mad Dog 
Rawdog S 
Rich and Rare S 
Righthand crack  S 
Slime Line S 
Slot Machine S 
T.J. Swann 
Two Flew over the Cookoo's Nest S 
Unknown 1 S 

Eklutna Canyon Rock Climbing 

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The Eklutna Canyon drainage is open to climbing but is on private property belonging to Ekultna Incorporated. MORE INFO >>>


Eklutna Canyon is a very popular place for ice climbing in Alaska. The climbs require around a 30-45 minute hike to reach. The hike is easy. You simply descend the hill to the river then follow the river until you reach the climbs. Usually footsteps are visible the whole way. There will be climbs and mixed routes on both the north and south sides of the canyon. The climbs range from WI2-WI4 and 10m to 70 meters in length.

Getting There 

To reach Eklutna Canyon, drive north on the Glenn Highway away from Anchorage and take the Thunderbird Falls exit No. 25. Park in the Thunderbird Falls parking lot and pay the daily five dollar fee. There are restrooms located in the parking area if needed.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eklutna Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eklutna Canyon:
Ripple   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 215'   
Boonesfarm   WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 195'   
Mad Dog   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 85'   
T.J. Swann   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Annie Greensprings   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   
Hamburger in the Dark   M6-     Sport, Mixed, 55'   
Righthand crack    M5-6     Sport, Mixed, 55'   
Unknown 1   M5-6     Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch   
The Dam   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 61'   
Rawdog   M5-6     Sport, Mixed, 55'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Ripple, WI3

Ripple WI3  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central I... : Eklutna Canyon
This is probably one of the most popular climbs in Alaska. This is an nice WI3 climb that is in every year....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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Rock Climbing Photo: The decent into the canyon
The decent into the canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to the climbs in Eklutna Canyon
Approach to the climbs in Eklutna Canyon

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