Grizzly Creek “Trail”

 
 

This hike starts out by following Grizzly Creek (unofficial name) for about a half-mile to the start of a rough, unmaintained trail, which leads steadily up through the brush to an alpine slope above the creek. An intimidating false summit looms another 1.5 miles ahead along a rocky ridge. Half-day hikes stop along the ridge prior to the false summit, while a full-day hike involves scrambling up the false summit and following a gentle incline for another 2-3 miles to the ridgeline overlooking Jarvis Glacier. On a clear day this hike features an amazing perspective of McGinnis Peak, Mt. Moffit, and Mt. Hayes grouped closely together, as well as great views of Black Rapids Glacier and even Fort Greely over 20 miles away. Grizzly Creek drops in a series of waterfalls beside the false summit and creates beautifully clear pools worth stopping at for water and lunch. Above the false summit there are many dizzying cliffs to peer over, and if you finish the 4800-foot climb to the end of this route the view of Mt. Silvertip and Jarvis Glacier is incredibly rewarding. Dall sheep are likely to be spotted, along with other wildlife including moose, caribou, marmots, porcupines, golden eagles, and more.

Route Length (half-day): Up to 2.5 miles (one-way), 2800 feet elevation gain, 4-6 hours round-trip
Route Length (full-day): Up to 4.5 miles (one-way), 4800 feet elevation gain, 8-12 hours round-trip