In July, she, two other grad students, and a mountaineer led nine teenage girls onto Gulkana Glacier for eight days of science and life on ice. Before you leave the area, make sure to check out Gulkana Glacier Trail. Summer research/internship made possible by the Kolkenkow/Reitz Fund from Carleton College with Regine Hock, Anthony Ardent, and the Glaciology Dept at University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. USGS gauging station. Sunset on Goldstream. Yes a questionable bridge over fast moving ice water that would not only sweep you away but would quickly lead to reenacting a scene from Titanic, but without a convenient door. USGS gauging station. It has a super cool suspension bridge and can be done all in the same day. Down the road and across the street is a hike that what was described to us as being “a lovely hike to a glacier that has an Indiana Jones style suspension foot bridge and…it’s where the annual Arctic Man competition is held.” A description that no doubt had us excited. View Image Details. It's quite wiggly and fun to cross over the glacial melt below! Mostly level ground, some walking on large rocks, and a suspension bridge! The suspension bridge was an adventure in and of itself. The hike begins the same as the Gulkana Glacier hike, following the dirt road north along Phelan Creek. And sometimes you've just got to eat the donut, buy the shoes, or take the trip because it's your life and you only get one. We chose to wade through the runoff and up onto the glacier. From the snow-kissed mountains to the icy rumblings of melting glaciers, Marines from 2nd Platoon Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., along with instructors from U.S. Army Alaska’s Northern Warfare Training Center conducted military alpine operations at Black Rapids Training Site and Gulkana Glacier July 18, 2015. Take one part sketchy suspension bridge, add in 360 degrees of stunning mountain views, and top it off with an incredible ice arch at the foot of a glacier; that’s exactly what you’ll get and more when you make the trek out to the Gulkana Glacier. View Image Details. We chose to wade through the runoff and up onto the glacier. Further down the valley we came upon a suspension bridge that crossed the Gulkana River. Tagged as Alaska, Alaska Interior, Gulkana Glacier, Suspension Bridge. This is required for crossing the river when the snow is melting. We decided to visit an easily accessible glacier, Gulkana Glacier, off the Richardson Highway. View Image Details. The hike would have been easy, because the distance and elevation change was not hard, but most of it was over really rocky terrain. Suspension bridge over College Creek, west of Gulkana Glacier, near Richardson Highway, August 11, 2013.jpg 3,456 × 4,608; 5.57 MB Suspension bridge over the Klondike River, Dawson, Yukon territory, ca 1898 (HEGG 633).jpeg 768 × 483; 106 KB “It was the perfect spot,” Young said. The road/trail veers slightly east as you approach the suspension bridge over College Creek. Hiking Castner Glacier During Winter It's an out and back about 6 miles total. Yah. They decided on the Alaska Range's Gulkana Glacier. This time, after we crossed the suspension bridge, we stayed alert for a trail to the right, which we hoped would enable us to ascend to the peak of the moraine and get past the the unstable end moraine and the creek coming out of Gulkana – success!!! RF | PHOTO# 1002573. Gulkana Glacier Suspension Bridge. Probably didn’t help that we had all eaten a … 12:04 am Birding and Blooming on the Denali Highway. Gulkana is not the biggest, baddest glacier around, but when you can summit ancient ice without a guide, technical gear, or any tourists, trekking up Gulkana Glacier feels pretty badass. The sea kayaking tour to Shoop Glacier was terrific. Once again, we had an awesome guide who was really supportive and knowledgeable. The first mile or so there is a defined trail but after that you're basically following the stream up to the glacier. I don’t know either. The walk up the glacier started on an established trail, over a suspension bridge spanning College Creek, and to the base of the glacier. Continue straight (east) along College Creek, don’t cross the bridge. See more ideas about Beautiful places, Wonders of the world, Scenery. A view of the White Princess on the drive to Icefall Peak Dennis at the end of the road near the Gulkana Glacier. File:Suspension bridge over College Creek, west of Gulkana Glacier, near Richardson Highway, August 11, 2013.jpg Riley ready to go. This A-frame hut is located at 4800 feet and requires an understanding of glacier conditions to reach it. Gulkana Glacier Suspension Bridge. The ice cave and the birth of Phelan Creek at the toe of the Gulkana Glacier The first bivi… College Glacier Hike. Be careful; the next 3 miles can have spots of open water even in the depths of winter, and the valley walls create a terrain trap. Gulkana Glacier Hike . Near the mouth of the canyon we passed some abandoned equipment used for gold mining. Hikers cross a suspension bridge over College Creek on their way to Gulkana Glacier, Southcentral Alaska Harriman Glacier located in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska USA is melting at a rappied rate. RF | PHOTO# 1002510. Riley and I went out for another trip in September, this time in the Alaska Range. Probably didn’t help that we had all eaten a … The Arctic Man competition takes place near Gulkana Glacier … Reasonable substitutions can be made. After waking up around 7am I started the hike early. For instance, if one wants to swing and sway over a rushing creek, there is the suspension bridge in Isabel Pass on the route to the Gulkana Glacier which is nearly 200 feet/60 meters long. Sunset on Goldstream. Drive in as far as your vehicle will allow (my Ford Focus made it a couple miles). ... Gulkana glacier abuts Canwell galcier; a large drop off overlooks Canwell. I hiked here a few years ago but this time we decided to spend the night. The walk up the glacier started on an established trail, over a suspension bridge spanning College Creek, and to the base of the glacier. The focus is on modeling mass balance and discharge of the Gulkana Glacier in Alaska and applying a climate change scenario in order to determine the magnitude of the effects of … They decided on the Alaska Range’s Gulkana Glacier. Looking Across Gulkana Glacier Bridge. The hike to Gulkana Glacier was fantastic. I know. Change is on its way. Categories. Then hike the rest of the way into the glacier. Wire suspension bridge over Gulkana River on pedestrian pathway Location Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska Status Open to pedestrians only Design Wire/cable suspension Approximate latitude, longitude +63.21386, -145.49615 (decimal degrees) 63°12'50" N, 145°29'46" W (degrees°minutes'seconds") Approximate UTM coordinates Guy A West Bridge (Sacramento County, California) Built 1968 Wire suspension bridge over … Cable suspension bridge along Gulkana Glacier Hike, photograph by Michael Fuchs I’m grateful for the hikes and walks we have taken in the wilderness. Looking Across Gulkana Glacier Bridge. Life is complicated. The peak of a hill just southwest of Gulkana Glacier has a post labeled PEWE 1975. But at the end of the day - it makes a good story ... your story. Gulkana Glacier . The suspension bridge over Phelan Creek. On Sunday, we did a hike to Gulkana Glacier, a distance of a bout 4 miles one way, over rocky trail and a suspension bridge. Bridge: Gulkana Glacier Trail Footbridge: Location: Paxson vicinity, Alaska, USA: Image Set Contributor: Patrick S. O'Donnell: Related Image Lists: All from Patrick S. O'Donnell All in Alaska All in USA All Pedestrian Suspension Bridges This suspension bridge crosses College Creek and is used for access to the Gulkana Glacier during the summer months. Feb 8, 2019 - Explore Kathleen O'Connell's board "Natural Wonders", followed by 2249 people on Pinterest. Sometimes the bad days outnumber the good days, sometimes the good outnumber the bad. ... Gulkana glacier abuts Canwell galcier; a large drop off overlooks Canwell. Gulkana Glacier Trail Suspension Footbridge (Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska) Wire suspension bridge over Gulkana River on pedestrian pathway Open to pedestrians only. Want to know the ingredients for an epically awesome day hike? One of their first tasks was to choose an Alaska glacier for the program. A suspension bridge. On our last trek to Alaska, we somehow missed the Denali and Richardson Highways and the region called the “Interior”. Wildlife includes moose and bears. "It was the perfect spot," Young said. A view of the White Princess on the drive to Icefall Peak Dennis at the end of the road near the Gulkana Glacier. Closer to the glacier, a suspension bridge allows pedestrians to cross over Phelan Creek. “We all knew the glacier well, it’s road accessible, it’s got this Indiana Jones bridge and it’s safe — there’s no huge crevasses.” The ice cave and the birth of Phelan Creek at the toe of the Gulkana Glacier The first bivi… Gulkana Glacier Trek. The hike would have been easy, because the distance and elevation change was not hard, but most of it was over really rocky terrain. On Sunday, we did a hike to Gulkana Glacier, a distance of a bout 4 miles one way, over rocky trail and a suspension bridge. Just a few minutes into the hike you're met with a super cool suspension bridge. 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