The Granduc Mine road to the glacier starts in Hyder, Alaska at sea level and follows the Salmon River to the Salmon Glacier at 4,300 ft. up in the alpine. The road goes by several old gold mines which have been operating since the 1920s. Three miles past Hyder is Fish Creek, where from July to September, the salmon run provides an extensive food supply for bears, gulls and bald eagles. The observation deck provides a unique opportunity to view and photograph grizzlies and black bears.
The parking lot is high above the glacier, and you will also find a bookstore here. The trail is across the road and winds through meadows to rocks and another glacier. You will have spectacular views of mountains, alpine meadows, wildflowers, and the large T-shaped glacier which forms the headwaters of the Salmon River.
The small glacier on top of the ridge is fairly safe to cross, as long as you stay to the left side, avoiding the crevassed area on the steeper slope. The next valley has more lakes and views to several more glaciers on the next mountain range.
Drive to Stewart, BC and cross the Alaska border into Hyder (no customs). Continue past Fish Creek Observation deck on the mine road climbing up to the parking area overlooking Salmon Glacier. About 22km from Stewart.
Park here and see the signs by The Bear Man - DVD and Video. His bookstore in his van sells books ("Hiking in Bear Country") and DVD's that he made. He is at the Salmon Glacier June 1 to Sept. 15. He also gives lectures and slide shows in Hyder and across Canada.
Contact: Keith Scott
66 Sunset Dr., Fredericton, N.B. E3A 1A1
Cross the road and follow the paths heading uphill. Several paths can be seen at first but they eventually join up to form one path heading to the top of the rocks for a great view.
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