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Seward Highway Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This area holds the majority of the rock climbing close to Anchorage. Much of the rock is road cuts along along the Seward Highway, although plenty of rock is located off the road on natural formations. This area is known for its loose rock and general choss although many gems are hidden at crags. But wearing a helmet is a must! Routes exist from easy 5.5 trad routes at Bermuda triangle to hard test pieces like "Howl of the Damned" 5.14a, at Shriek of the Mutilated, with climbs established by legends like Mugs Stump.

Despite the noise of the highway, It is a great place to go to after work or just for a few hours. You can see whales, sheep, bears and eagles all along the road and get some climbing in!

There have been a series of guidebooks published about the climbing on the Seward Highway, notably "The Scar" brought the highway to the masses. Currently the more extensive "Alaska Rock Climbing Guide" by Kelsey Gray has become the book of choice.

As of the last few years a rebolting initiative has been taking place, but not all routes have seen work, use caution while climbing.

Getting There 

Head south out of Anchorage, once you hit the Weigh Station reset your odometer.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.0 miles from here

339 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',63],['2 Stars',121],['1 Star',97],['Bomb',48]
['<=5.6',20],['5.7',25],['5.8',41],['5.9',42],['5.10',115],['5.11',60],['5.12',20],['5.13',8],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Seward Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Seward Highway:
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Sunshine Ridge
Butt Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 25'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Man-thing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 30'   Pivot Point : Teenage Dome
Crack in the Woods   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Crack in the Woods : Lower Crack in the Woods
Classic Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Good Vibes Wall
Accident Victim    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Red Gate
Elite Eight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 30'   Pivot Point : Upper Pivot Point
Urban Blight   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Party World
Road Warrior   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunshine Ridge
Unknown 1   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunshine Ridge
No Whiners   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Goats Head Soup
Kids in a Candy Store   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 80'   Resolution Bluff
Pivot Point   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 40'   Pivot Point : Lower Pivot Point
Great Lobster Dispute   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Goats Head Soup
Shiner   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Goats Head Soup
Thrombosis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunshine Ridge
Goat's Head Soup   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Goats Head Soup
Road Soda   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Sunshine Ridge
Dino's Stubble Trouble   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Dino Head
Dino Who?   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Dino Head
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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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By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
May 15, 2011
WEAR A HELMET.

Loose rock is the norm. I'm excited when a hold DOESN'T break during a climb.
By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Feb 13, 2013
Trundling Monkeys Foot
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A little video to give you a taste of the rock. I just can't believe it was an established route.
By thomas ellis
From: abq
Apr 17, 2014
That was great! Makes me glad I climb in Fairbanks.

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