McCallum Creek Road
Long Winter Hikes
Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Snowshoeing, skiing, snowmachining
Considerations: Trail sees frequent snowmachine use
Somewhat surprisingly, this short backroad makes one of the best winter outings in the Alaska Range, along the Richardson Highway. This is mostly due to the fact that the grade isn’t too steep, and the road is usually packed down by snowmachiners.
From Delta, drive the Richardson Highway south for about 64 miles and park on the left at the beginning of McCallum Creek Road. There is usually a large plowed pullout here. The trail immediately enters the narrow side valley and soon crosses a bridge over the creek. Climbing at a leisurely pace, the road switches back and offers great views over the valley. A short climb likely through deep snow to the left near the top affords views over the main valley of Phelan Creek, which is the drainage the highway follows. The road is about 3 miles long.