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West Grapefruit from the Elliot HWY, April 2007.


Same limestone band that forms the climbs in this region. The limestone here is polished and requires technical movement on thin edges coupled with creative footwork. This remarkable area rests within a vast expanse of rolling hills and domes blanketed with Boreal forest consisting of Paper Birch and Aspen groves that create a landscape of colorful patterns that blend and contrast with the region's Black and White spruce species. The radical swings of temperature gradient and sunlight at this high latitude makes this subarctic area a singular climbing experience in the Interior.

Getting There 

Follow the same directions as for the East Grapefruit area. Travel North from Fairbanks on the Elliot Highway. You will pass Wickersham Dome trailhead at Milemarker 28 and at about Milemarker 38 you will pass Globe Creek with the crags visible on the low rising dome on the right side of the highway.Passing an evident road cut you will notice a blue parking sign on your right, continue past the turnoff and just thereafter turn left into a parking area on the west side of the highway. The appraoch to the first crags is 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Grapefruit Rocks:
Trent Stone   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   First Crag
Steril   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 35'   First Crag
Fern Gully   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   First Crag
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Featured Route For West Grapefruit Rocks
Nest egg is the middle bolted line up this wall

Nest Egg 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  AK : Fairbanks and Vicinity : ... : Ravendale (aka Lost Crack)
Super fun steep jug hauling. A rare treat for Grapefruit....[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

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From the top of the ridge and looking to the South...
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