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Abercrombie Gulch

Quick Facts

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Location

61 ° 4' 56" N,
146 ° 15' 0" W

Region

Valdez

Nearest City

Valdez

Elevation

39 ft (11.89 m)

Uses

Abercrombie Gulch in Detail.

Getting There

From Valdez, head out the Richardson Highway, around milepost 3 turn right on to Dayville Rd. travel about a mile and park across the street from the Petro Star refinery. There is a pipeline access road. travel up that, cross the pipeline, (avoid the building and items) directly across the pipeline the Gulch begins.

About

trends N-S 3 mi. on a tributary of Lowe River, 2.5 mi. S of Valdez; Chugach Mts.

Abercrombie Gulch is a narrow canyon, located near Valdez, through which Abercrombie Creek flows. In summer months the gulch is nigh impossible to navigate up as the rock walls have been warn smooth, and there are many narrow drops of the stream. Travel across the higher portion of the east wall is possible through thick alder bush whacking. The walls become steep and there are a couple avalanche chutes that can be dangerous and difficult to cross. If one wishes to take a safer route, travel above the west wall just outside the canyon along the base of Sugarloaf Mountain is possible. The terrain is milder but the course is continual thick bush whacking.

In winter months Abercrombie Creek freezes over and if it has been a constant cold winter, after December it can become possible for one to travel up the middle of the gulch with crampons and ice tools. Note this can be dangerous as you are traveling atop a frozen creek where there are beds ankle deep to pools over 10ft deep. Ice conditions can change throughout winter. Travel is at ones discretion and experience. The walls of the canyon weep so there are many small walls and icefalls for climb and travel along besides those created by the creek.

History

Named in 1911 by J. W. Bagely, and C.E. Giffin, USGS, for Captain William R. Abercrombie, USA, who explored this area in 1884 and 1898-99.

Abercrombie Gulch Gallery

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Places Near Abercrombie Gulch
Bars:

Sawmill Spit,

Basins:

Washbowl Basin,

Capes:

Jackson Point,

Cities:

Valdez,

Crags:

Valdez Glacier Campground Wall, Lookout Rock, Panorama Point,

Dams:

Solomon Gulch Dam A, Solomon Gulch Dam B, Solomon Lake Dam,

Flats:

Duck Flats,

Glaciers:

Camicia Glacier, G-g-g-g-g Glacier, Johnson Glacier, Mineral Creek Glacier, Rubin Glacier, Silver Glacier, Valdez Glacier,

Routes:

Wowie Zowie,

Islands:

Ammunition Island, Mineral Creek Islands,

Lakes:

Allison Lake, Crater Lake, Deep Lake, Robe Lake, Solomon Gulch Lake, Solomon Lake, Valdez Glacier Lake,

Locales:

Airport Chute, Area 51, Cabell Chute, Chuck Chute, Chuck Junior, Delta Chute, Grant Chute, Jago Chute, Lookout Bowl, Lucky 13, Runner's Delight, Sentinel, Sheepshead Chute, Tombstone Wall,

Mountains:

Prospectors Peak, Abercrombie Mountain, Mount Denson, East Peak, Mount Francis, Mount Kate, Mummy Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, West Peak,

Peaks:

Benzene, Bob's Knob, Comstock, Embick, High Back, Snow Dome, Titan Chair,

Rivers:

Lowe River, Robe River,

Routes:

Lazy Days, No Floss Necessary, Route number 1, Route number 3, Trim the Bush, Wet Finish,

Routes:

Dragon's Teeth, Route number 2,

Streams:

Abercrombie Creek, Allison Creek, Brevier Creek, Cameron Creek, Camicia Creek, Canyon Slough, Corbin Creek, Crooked Creek, Dayville Creek, East Fork Mineral Creek, Glacier Creek, Goat Creek, Horsetail Creek, Mineral Creek, Salmon Creek, Sawmill Creek, Slater Creek, Valdez Glacier Stream, Wood Creek,

Routes:

Area 51 Access Trail, Dayville Power Line Trail, Dock Point Trail, Mount Francis Winter Trail, High School Hill, High School Hill to Summit Trail, High School Hill Water Tower Trail, Hogsback Trail, Homestead Trail, John Hunter Memorial Trail, Levee to Valdez Glacier Trail, Lost Toque Trail, Mineral Creek East Trail, Mineral Creek Stamp Mill Trail, Mineral Creek West Trail, Northern Robe Lake Trail, River Drive Trail, Robe River Hogsback Access Trail, Shoup Bay Trail, Solomon Gulch Valdez Overlook Spur, Southern Robe Lake Trail, Valdez Bike Path, Valdez Overlook Trail,

Valleys:

Abercrombie Gulch, Goat Gully, Solomon Gulch, Sulphide Gulch,

Cities:

Old Valdez,