Seward Highway Rock Climbing
With Chalk for Beta Reference.
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.
Head south out of Anchorage, once you hit the Weigh Station reset your odometer.
Weather station 3.0 miles from here
335 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',60],['2 Stars',120],['1 Star',97],['Bomb',47]
Classic Climbing Routes in Seward Highway
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Seward Highway:
Featured Route For Seward Highway
Code Red 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b AK
: 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 AK
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 thomas ellis
Apr 17, 2014
That was great! Makes me glad I climb in Fairbanks.