Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Canyon Creek Pillar

Canyon Creek Pillar

Rating: WI4
Length: 60 meters

The route starts immediately above the creek so be prepared to belay in a sitting position. Climb a near vertical pillar for approximately 15-17 meters to some steppy ice for another 25 meters. Above the steppy ice climb through brush to reach two large trees to the anchor.


Anchor: Alders, brush and trees exist. Webbing may be necessary for ice anchors.

Lat/Long: 60.76518, -149.44646

From Anchorage, drive south on the Seward Highway. Pass the Hope Junction and park in the utility pullout on the east side of the highway near mile marker 55. Walk 300-400 feet northbound along the highway. The top of the pillar is not really in one of the big gullies. There is a small gully that comes out in the middle of a sort of plateau that sticks out into canyon creek. If you watch carefully down and right as you walk along the highway you will catch a nice glimpse of what you are shooting for. Rappeling from trees may be required, but watch out and don't let your ropes drop into the creek below as it is known to rarely freeze over. (Note: from the canyon bottom there is no way out except climbing or walking the creek out to the highway. This creek is known for not freezing up and it is likely you will get wet)

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Canyon Creek Pillar looking north from the substation. Photo:Sam Galoob (2018)
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