Summer Day Hikes
Distance: 4.6 miles round trip to glacier
Elevation gain: 400 feet
Trail type: Hiking
Considerations: Road to trailhead requires moderately high clearance
This relatively well known hike is a good option for an easy day out surrounded by superlative scenery, as well as a possible access point for the bouldery, but mercifully un-brushy high country that surrounds the Gulkana Glacier Valley.
Drive the Richardson Highway about 69 miles from Delta, just past Isabel Pass, the Richardson Monument, and Gulkana Glacier overlook. Turn left on the gravel road leading up the valley and drive about 3.5 miles, or as far as your vehicle will make it.
The hiking trail is faint in spots, but should be easy enough to make out. Very soon, cross over College Creek on a wonderfully precarious looking suspension bridge. The trail from here to the glacier is rocky and mostly open, but should be easy enough to make out. Do not head up onto the glacier unless you know what you’re doing. People have died up here due to the collapse of snow bridges.