Glacier Gulch trail

Glacier Gulch trail near Smithers, BC

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5 kms
Hiking, Back Country Skiing
Fall, Summer
Smithers, BC
User xtremepeaks
Elevation gain: 1000 meters.

This is a short but steep trail to the base of Hudson Bay glacier. To the left from the Twin falls trail there is a sign for Glacier Gulch.

Ascend the narrow trail via switchbacks in the bush to the more open scree slopes above. You will see fine views of the valley, the glacier and Hudson Bay Mountain behind.

The scree slopes are full of rockfalls, trail is indistinct and you need to walk carefully here.

Current mining activity under the glacier via a tunnel causes more rockslides as dynamite explosions take place at night. Watch out!

There is a rich molybdenum deposit under the ice, mined since 1950's, check out all the mining junk near the ice.

The ice has large crevasses and caves under the glacier.

In winter please check the local avalanche conditions before proceeding.

Also see the guide book by Einar Blix: Trails to Timberline. Smithers:1989.


At 4km west of Smithers turn left from Hwy 16 to Lake Kathlyn road. Follow signs for "Glacier Gulch and Twin Falls". Cross the railway track and turn left on Glacier Gulch road.

Follow signs for Twin Falls Recreation site. At the site there is parking, fire pit, picnic area under the trees. Parking is at 750 m elevation.

Take the short trail to the right to Twin Falls - there is a viewpoint and deck for photography.

Smithers has a new accommodation at Chickadee Acres Bed and Breakfast where you have a comfortable bedroom with views of the mountains, more trails to hike or ski starting from the house and it is a bird watchers paradise.

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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