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Glacier Creek Drainage and Snowbird Glacier

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Glacier Creek Drainage and Snowbird Glacier Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 61.75823, -149.29517 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: L. Von Dommelheimer on Nov 11, 2014
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Snowbird Glacier area from Higher Spire.


This is a unique area with lots of potential for alpine and alpine rock. It requires an approach that is between 2 to 6 hours depending on season and fitness. There are many climbs in the area, most are not documented.

The Snowbird hut was built and is maintained by the American Alpine club. Be familiar with hut policies and show respect. Consider joining the American Alpine Club at

Getting There 

From the Reed lakes parking lot, hike to the old building location (1.25 miles), before nugget boulder and snowbird slab. Follow the path left up the drainage, passing snowbird mine on the right. Keep following the bowls to the pass (5500ft) over the pass the Snowbird glacier expands below you, traveling down the glacier is safe, although there are moulins . If Snowbird hut is your destination follow the glacier along the moraine to the right. looking for the red arrow pointing to the hut. Because its there wall is off to the left, beyond the Nunatak.

Climbing Season

For the Hatcher Pass area.

Weather station 11.2 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Glacier Creek Drainage and Snowbird Glacier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Glacier Creek Drainage and Snowbird Glacier:
Alaskan Vermin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Because it's there Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Quartz crack

The Quartz Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Alaska : Anchorage & South Central A... : ... : Didilkama
5 star sustained splitter finger crack for 35 meter second pitch. Unarguably the best finger crack in Hatcher Pass. The first pitch is 5.7 and loose to access the goods. The third pitch dead ends in choss. The crack/face to the left of quartz crack is a grade or two harder, has been top roped not lead, needs bolts at the bouldery start....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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Rock Climbing Photo: Snowbird
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Spire under a September coat of snow.
Lower Spire under a September coat of snow.

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