Outdoors Editor’s note: Trip Report is an ongoing series about trail conditions around Interior Alaska. Kurt VanBennekom contributed this trip report about his trip hiking around Castner Glacier.


Trip location: Castner Glacier.

Trip date: Jan. 4.

Travelers: Kurt VanBennekom, Peter Mortenson.

Access: Trailhead is located where Castner Creek crosses the Richardson Highway, a 2.5-3 hour drive from Fairbanks.

Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and highlights: We had a great hike to Castner Glacier. The Richardson Highway was clear, we had no travel problems, and parking was also clear.

We saw 53 moose on the drive there and back, one on the trail!

The trail was in great shape. Snowshoes were helpful but not necessary; there was plenty of well-packed trail. We saw a few others out with skis as well.

Cave ice was in good shape too, though there is open water a little ways in. I recommend bringing a ski or hiking pole into the cave to bump on the ice to see if it sounds thick enough.

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