The Richardson Highway was clear, we had no travel problems, and parking was also clear. “Holocene glacier fluctuations in Alaska.” Quaternary Science Reviews 28.21 (2009): 2034-2048. A 1/2 mile hike leads you to the Castner Glacier. But for now, it’s one of the most stunning and easily accessed glacier basins in all of Alaska. Peggy Blood. What makes this one special, even borderline famous is it’s massive ice caves; some of which runs 500 miles deep into the heart of the ice. The hike to the glacier’s face follows Castner Creek; the creek is fast-flowing, brown, and fed by the melting glacier. Castner Glacier Ice Cave 08/24/14. Mount Castner is a 5,535-foot elevation glaciated summit located 44 mi west of Valdez in the Chugach Mountains of the U.S. state of Alaska, on land managed by Chugach National Forest. In some places, there are large banks of sand, creating barriers right in the middle of the beach where there was just flatness. Here is a description of the activities. It’s especially noticeable when you live with ‘it’ (i.e. The crazy part is… heads on White Princess, trends NW and SW to its 1934 terminus at head of Castner Creek, 27 mi. It’s not your stereotypical blue glacier calving into a big lake or the ocean, but rather a gritty valley glacier covered in rock, mud, and even flowery meadows in places.  Flowers are finishing the blooming and purples, yellows, and whites have given way to wispy seed-heads to be carried away by a persistent breeze. Three midwinter trips to the Castner Glacier ice caves in the Eastern Alaska Range with Dan Volland, Dana Kerr, Kerry Tasker, and Jeremy Martin. Trip location: Castner Glacier Access: Castner Creek Bridge on the Richardson Highway, 217 Mile Trip date: Sept. 2 to 4 Here, in the interior, we just ended the fourth longest cold snap in history where we had 35 days … Need to have expert knowledge in off-roading in snow and ice conditions. Consequently, following a surge, more ice surface area is exposed to ablation. It is the fastest I have ever seen a ‘slow event’ take place. Your email address will not be published. She shared photos of exploring an under-glacier ice crystal coated cave/tunnel that was simply amazing. Body or stream of ice moving outward and downslope from an area of accumulation; an area of relatively permanent snow or ice on the top or side of a mountain or mountainous area. Castner Glacier Ice Cave. The Castner Glacier is an easily accessible glacier toe in the Delta Mountains of the Alaska Range. Waves have carved out grassy land masses which abutted the beach, & trees have either had their roots exposed or have been totally uprooted. Castner Glacier 04/14/14. Exploring deep inside an Ice Cave within Castner Glacier, Alaska, where no humans have ventured yet this season. It’s incredible how fast the beaches around Saco have been going away!! If you … Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and highlights: We had a great hike to Castner Glacier. 2009, Pewe and Reger 1991 ) – from my reading it seems the methods and results have quite a few different answers to the same questions. Head up either the north or south side of the creek. Castner Glacier is a glacier in Alaska and has an elevation of 3287 feet. Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life, Watching a Glacier Die | Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life. “Dating Holocene moraines of Canwell Glacier, Delta River Valley, central Alaska Range.” Short Notes on Alaskan Geology, Professional Report 111 (1991): 63-68. The Castner Glacier Trail begins at Castner Creek near Paxson, Alaska. It had been raining now for days in Delta Junction, and I felt that we might be close to wearing out our welcome at the Delta Public Library and at the coffee lounge at the IGA food market, if for … I would love to hear your stories in the comments! Route Description: Castner Glacier is the simplest glacier to reach coming from Fairbanks, and for the past several years it’s been the easiest place to find an ice cave as well. ). It’s incredible to reflect on the extreme weather that continues to occur. Required fields are marked *. Here, in the interior, we just ended … Yes! Thank you! Feb 28, 2020 - It's February in Alaska, and we've learned that can mean some pretty unpredictable weather conditions. This goes on for 6-7 miles. Thanks for reading everyone! Castner Glacier desde Mapcarta, el mapa libre. Suba sa yelo ang Castner Glacier sa Tinipong Bansa. window.dojoRequire(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us13.list-manage.com","uuid":"445003c8206deff3672f3ecc5","lid":"5271adac55","uniqueMethods":true}) }), If you have appreciated the content of this page and cannot. The summer of 2017 started with yet another long drive from Utah to Alaska. Just in the past 1-2 years, our dune grass has broken away in huge chunks, receding the beach way into folks’ yards. So, although I would like to tell you how long the fresh glacier water I drank had been locked in its solid state, I do not really think I can! the hurrcane breached the dunes and wiped out over 40 homes in Ortney, NJ. The glacier is constantly collapsing on itself; its end (i.e. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Last year a friend of mine posted some amazing pictures from a day trip she had made to Castner glacier. they say it's half a mile. later that winter, a maple tree fell just grazing my shed. Is this your last entry? Barclay, David J., Gregory C. Wiles, and Parker E. Calkin. Photographed just 4 months before the photograph before. It may have been 1/2 mile before but the glacier has since receded and it … My trip to the Castner Glacier was unexpected and short, but provided an interesting perspective on something I had yet to witness in person. This sub is about finding beauty in the the world around us, from the simple and ordinary to the … I eventually hit an underground river that I could not pass, but you can hear a powerful underground waterfall in the distance. Find Life, Wildlife, Wild-life on Facebook. glacier advances by redistributing existing glacier ice over a larger area rather than by increased accumulation. Less than 2 months later, another larger storm (30″ of snow) knokced the rest of the tree down narrowly missing my neighbor’d roof. This function has been disabled for Ian A Johnson : Life, Wildlife, Wild-life. The glacier is located on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management). Route Description: Castner Glacier is the simplest glacier to reach coming from Fairbanks, and for the past several years it’s been the easiest place to find an ice cave as well. Peggy, that’s an amazing story and a great example! The Castner Glacier was the location. What a change in 4 months! The hike to the glacier’s face follows Castner Creek; the creek is fast-flowing, brown, and fed by the melting glacier. The road ends after 1/2 mile, turning into an unimproved foot path heading up the side of Castner Creek. The drop becomes a trickle which form a thin, persistent thread of water. At this rate of melting, the Castner Glacier, like many of its neighbors, could disappear within 50 years. South of Delta Junction, Alaska, Castner Glacier is a rapidly receding glacier, and has changed dramatically since my last timehere this spring. What is the meaning of “Goodbye”?  It also has lost a lot of its beautiful blue, translucent sheen. Pushing our way out of the drainage to stay dry, we followed a gentle moraine to the top of the northern terminus of the Castner. they do not necessarily expand just because of an ice age) (Pewe and Reger 1983) and there are many methods (e.g. Your email address will not be published. South of Delta Junction, Alaska, Castner Glacier is a rapidly receding glacier, and has changed dramatically since my last time here this spring. I guess it depends on when you come where we came as a set, half a mile closer to mile cuz it was pretty crazy. The threads intertwine to form rivulets and the rivulets meld into flowages. Posts about Castner Glacier written by justrollingby. Hi Ian, 2 yrs ago just before Christmas a rain storm knocked half an 18″ diameter pine tree onto my garage roof. Just see for yourself in the pictures below! The day I set out on this expedition, the wind chill was -35F. 721k members in the MostBeautiful community. Join me! However, there are no signs and no maintained trail leading to the glacier. The large chunks of ice which ‘calved’ from the glaciers front have melted, and the ice cave is very reduced. if you come here, though, just keep in mind that the walks pretty rough, It's about. Enjoy the fall colors which are coming soon! The age of Alaskan glaciers is debated because they do not fall into time of expansion like lower 48 glacier (i.e. History Named in 1898 by Captain E. F. Glenn, USA, for Lieutenant J. C. Castner, USA, a member of his party. dendrochronology, lichenometry, radio-carbon dating) to look at expansion time and range (Barclay et al. If you go to the BLM link for Castner Glacier, they say it’s only a 1/2 mile hike to the glacier – this is not correct. What a change in 4 months! When you reach Castner Creek on the Richardson Highway, you can park on the north or south side of the bridge . Castner Glacier . The valley floor coerces the flowages into a stream which flows to the ocean. The glaciers of Alaska have been around for a thousands of years. So those parts of my landscape are gone and it all happened within one season! Contact Info: Ang Castner Glacier nahimutang sa kondado sa Southeast Fairbanks Census Area ug estado sa Alaska, sa amihanan-kasadpang bahin sa nasod, 5,200 km sa kasadpan sa ulohang dakbayan Washington, D.C. 1,002 metros ibabaw sa dagat kahaboga ang nahimutangan sa Castner Glacier.. Ang yuta palibot sa Castner Glacier kay … The off-trail route climbs Castner to the Silvertip Icefield and, despite being almost entirely on the glacier, does not require crampons, ice axes, or ropes.  What an astounding thing to consider the power of just one water drop! That’s where the “type II” fun started. Although the first freeze has not occurred here yet the willows, aspens and alder have already begun to acquire a yellow-green tint to their leaves in anticipation. Before running into the Alaska Range to test out new ski bindings and skins, Greg, who is quite a curler, invited me on Thursday night to run to a ski area that is only open on weekends, skin up, ski down, and run back to Fairbanks before dark (7:00 PM! Be prepared to share on weekends or holidays. The road ends after 1/2 mile, turning into an unimproved foot path heading up the side of Castner Creek. It is incredible to consider that the hundreds of gallons of water which flow by each minute are created by the collection of millions of water drops. The shrinking Castner is literally collapsing in on itself; much of the central glacier has become a deep, meltwater-filled trench. So Castro Glacier is roughly a hundred and 40 miles from Fairbanks. Ian, my own backyard has had its share of natural phenomenon that have changed the skyline. the terminal moraine) is rapidly melting due to summer temperatures and record levels of summer rain this season. 2/10/2020 0 Comments It's February in Alaska, and we've learned that can mean some pretty unpredictable weather conditions. When it was first finished in 1964, the Thayer Hut was only 100 feet above ice level; now, it’s 400. Castner Glacier Cave (Click any photo to go to my Flickr) Sunday I visited a place I've been meaning to visit since Decemberish - Castner Glacier Cave, about 40 miles south of Delta Junction on the Richardson Highway. Exploring deep inside an Ice Cave within Castner Glacier, Alaska, where no humans have ventured yet this season. Thank you for the fun & informative lesson on glaciers. The rate at which the glacier is disappearing seems improbable to me. NW of Paxson, Alaska Range. Thanks again for your posts. Jump to navigation Jump to search. the tree) every day! The pictures of the flowers are, as always, gorgeous. It is situated at the head of Ranney Glacier and Dartmouth Glacier. Anyway, effects of tropical storms & hurricanes have drastically altered our shoreline here in Saco, Maine. However, aging the Alaskan glaciers has proven difficult in some regions. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Not many people get an opportunity to explore the insides of a glacier, from beginning to end, I thought you might like to join along for the adventure, filmed through the lens of my iPhone Xs. Shedding just one drop of water at a time glaciers containing enough water to change ocean levels can melt and disappear. Directions: This unimproved road is located at mile 217.3 on the north side of Castner Creek. Don’t worry, plenty more entries to come, “goodbye” was just a reflection on the melting glacier 🙂. Although modest in elevation, relief is significant since the mountain rises from tidewater at Unakwik Inlet and College Fjord of Prince … The parking spot … Castner Glacier is east of Devils Thumb. The large ice chunks in front of the ice cave have completely melted in the 08/24 photo. I hope you enjoy! Part 1—Background and History Introduction Alaska, with an area of 1,530,693 km 2, is the northernmost and western-most of the 50 United States. Castner Glacier es un glaciar en Alaska y tiene una altitud de 3287 pies. WikiProject Alaska (Rated Stub-class, Low-importance) This article is within the scope of WikiProject Alaska, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the U.S. state of Alaska on Wikipedia. It seems to make expressions like “working at a glacial speed” seem less appropriate. What natural phenomenons have you seen alter the landscape in a short period? Popularized by the guidebook Outside in the Interior and many recent social media posts of the ice caves, the route to the Castner Glacier has become a well-traveled trail in winter. The video below captures this change of water as it moves from the glacier to stream. Just see for yourself in the pictures below! The Castner Glacier is losing ice mass rapidly, literally collapsing in on itself, and much of the central glacier has become a deep trench with water flowing between icy, muddy banks. Péwé, Troy L., and Richard D. Reger. The large ice chunks in front of the ice cave have completely melted in the 08/24 photo. Castner Glacier 04/14/14. “Delta River Area, Alaska Range10.”Quaternary Geology and Permafrost Along the Richardson and Glen Highways Between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska July 1-7, 1989 (1983): 25-38. Travel upon the glacier is not recommended.  The cave shown was photographed just 4 months ago! There is a good chance that if you’ve done any research about Glaciers hikes in Alaska you’ve heard about the Castner. The drive from Anchorage takes 4 hours and 57 minutes and follows a paved road the entire time. Talk:Castner Glacier. Castner Glacier sits right at the boundary of these two regions, and generally gets the most use of anywhere in the range, making it one of the more reasonable options for a short hike in this beautiful mountain wilderness. Donnelly Dome I've lived in Alaska since 1993 and was not even aware this glacier exists. 12 miles long. Most of the tongue of the Castner is debris-covered, very bumpy, and partially vegetated. Reger, Richard D., and Troy L. Péwé. I also think of Hurricane Sandy that has altered so much of the Southern New Jersey coastline, which we toured some this past weekend. Nearing the glacier, we saw some overflow on the surface. Castner Glacier Trail This unimproved road is located at mile 217.3 on the north side of Castner Creek. I’ve added my parents for reference size Extreme melting and degradation of the ice cave have occurred! It was mind blowing at how beautiful the inside of the glacier was, beauty frozen in time. The route begins from asphalt roadside along the Alaska Pipeline, and climbs up massive glacial moraines of the Castner to the spectacular cirque of the Silvertip Icefield. It’s amazing how fast one storm can change it all.