Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Whittier : Whittier 1

Whittier 1

Rating: WI4

This route is the first climb to the right when hiking up the valley. From the valley floor, hike a steep section of snow to the base of the climb. Climb a steep section of ice to a landing of snow/ice. From the landing, climb moderately steep ice to the top.


Anchor/descent: V-thread material is necessary.

ALERT: Avalanches can and will happen in this area. Know your surroundings and be aware of current conditions.

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Lat: 60 46.045' North
Long: 148 40.610' West

From the Seward Highway, take the Portage Glacier Road to the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (aka - Whittier Tunnel). Pass through the tunnel (see Whittier Tunnel for schedule and fees) and continue straight to Whittier. Just past Whittier Creek turn right to cross three sets of railraod tracks. Continue driving up the hill past the run-down Buckner Building then take the first right. Continue driving to the end of the road or until you see the Horsetail Falls Trail sign, which is just before the gate that may or may not be locked. Park at the gate and continue up road to the beginning of the trail, which largely consists of a narrow boardwalk. Depending on snow levels, the boardwalk may not be easy to locate. If unable to locate the trail, simply choose the best route and continue hiking approximately 30 to 45 minutes back to the valley until you reach the climbs.
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