Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Portage River : Split Decision

Split Decision

Rating: WI2
Length: 155 meters

These routes start at a snow cone and ascend moderate terrain for a long distance.


Anchor: Many alder bushes exist on the route to set up natural protection for rappel stations.

ALERT:  Understand that if you walk on the train tracks you are trespassing on Alaska Railroad property. Portage area weather can be drastically different than weather in Anchorage. Avalanches can and will happen. Know your surroundings and be aware of current conditions.

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This route exists about 50 meters to the right of Fate is the Hunter. Approach the same as with Indecision - Park at the railroad depot station on the Seward Highway just north of the Portage/Whittier turnoff. Just south of the depot the train tracks split with one set following the Seward Highway and another set turning left into Portage Valley. Hike the left set of tracks for approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until you see the climbs on the left. Hike approximately 20 minutes across frozen wetlands to the base of the climbs. Be aware of open water and often deep snow.

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