Ice Guide : Southcentral : South Anchorage : Whittier : Whittier 5

Whittier 5

Rating: WI4+
Length: 145 meters

Located in the same drainage as Whittier 4 & 6, this is the middle route. Hike moderately steep snow and possible avi debris to the base of the route. Climb a pitch of moderate snow and ice to the another pitch of steeper snow and ice. Finish on a steep pitch of snow and ice.


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 45.787' North
Long: 148 40.252' 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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