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Draino T 
Exotic Dancer S 
Fist Sucker S 
Hey Operator S 
Huge Left Faceing Corner T 
Last Call S 
Mayday S 
Plebeian Paradise  S 
Poser S 
Purple Rain S 
Road Rash T,S 
Road Soda S 
Road Warrior S 
Sex on the Rocks S 
Sunshine Ridge T 
Thrombosis S 
Unforgiven, The S 
Unknown  T 
Unknown 1 S 
Unknown 5.8+ "Blue Hanger Route"  T 
Whajacallit T,S 

Sunshine Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 244'
Location: 61.00626, -149.68649 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: aklaurag on Jun 7, 2009
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Wesley looks for bolts on Sunshine Ridge


A nice collection of moderate sport routes. As with nearly all Seward Highway climbs, it can be quite windy, and have some cruddy rock, so wear your helmet!

Getting There 

Mile 4.7 on the Seward Highway, look for a pullout parking area on the north side of the highway. Walk down the grassy area to the east (along the highway) to find the climbs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunshine Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunshine Ridge:
Last Call   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   
Sunshine Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Unknown 5.8+ "Blue Hanger Route"    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 350'   
The Unforgiven   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Road Warrior   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Exotic Dancer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Unknown 1   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Thrombosis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Road Soda   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
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Featured Route For Sunshine Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Hailey on the 2nd pitch of Sunshine Ridge

Sunshine Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Alaska : Seward Highway : Sunshine Ridge
The best rock quality out on the highway (second pitch)? Actually a fun multipitch although on the easy side, Sunshine Ridge is a great afternoon climb. The route starts about 50 feet up the scree gully below morning star. Look for bolts that lead left on a short slab. This is likely most often done as an afterwork solo. It is often done in the winter with tools, and is good prep for alpine mixed. There are many possible variations that you can start on from the road including mayday, and the t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

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By The Shocker
Aug 30, 2015
Someone has been a busy bolter. The far west side of the formation has sprouted 60 bolts or so in around ten routes. Didn't climb them all.... Some are on good redshirt rock, some are three bolt, 15 foot routes that are kind of lame. Easy to tell what's good from the ground. Mostly 5.5 to 5.7 stuff. Some harder moves. Very freshly scrubbed. Pretty nice grid bolted super easy crag. Follow goat trail from parking lot. Bolts are visible from the lot. DRILL IT ALL!!
By JakeGano
Mar 27, 2017
Who has the details on the new routes have popped up on a small formation near Sunshine Ridge. They are on the right (toward Sunshine Ridge) as you go up the decent trail. We climbed one that was an easy slab (maybe 5.5?) and half a dozen or so bolts long (easy one rope rap). All the other routes looked similar length and difficulty. I don't recall how many other routes I saw.
By C. Williams
From: the Climber Cave
Mar 29, 2017
Its probably in the new edition of the guide book.
By L. Von Dommelheimer
From: Anchorage
Mar 31, 2017
Those routes were established by Kelsey Gray and friends. I'd say the grades are between 5.5 and 5.10 for the shorter ones around the corner.

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