Ice Guide : Southcentral : Kenai Peninsula : Skilak Glacier Lake

Skilak Glacier Lake

The known climbs in this area actually exist on the Skilak Glacier Lake and the glacier proper. The waterfall ice climbs in the area range from grade 2 to grade 5+ with enough variety to keep anyone busy for awhile. Numerous waterfalls exist on the walls around the lake with the potential for numerous variations. If that is not enough, head to the glacier ice if you get bored. The real challenge is getting out to the ice.

Climbs are best accessed by snowmachine or ski from the Skilak Lake Boat Launch. Travel up towards the head of the lake and the glacier. Be sure to watch for open water around the Kenai River inlet into the lake on the approach. The glacial river at the head of the lake is very braided and open most of the year so be cautious of open water in this area too. For lodging, there is the Doroshin public use cabin towards the northeast end of the lake that is available with the Kenai Naitonal Wildlife Refuge. A stay at the cabin makes for a short ride by snow machine up to the climbs.

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Photo: John Ellinwood

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