Heads at 585330N, 1342015W, trends S then W from Mount Ogilvie on the international boundary to its 1948 terminus, 5 mi. E of Lance River and 32 mi. NW of Juneau, Coast Mts. 20 miles long.
Named by the American Alpine Club in 1954 for Dr. Arthur Karr Gilkey (1926-1953) who led the first party to explore the head of the glacier in 1950. In 1952 he was in charge of the Juneau Icefield Research Project. He was killed by an ice avalanche at the 25,000 ft. level on K-2 in Pakistan in 1953. His body was never recovered.