Fourteen miles north of Hyder, beyond where the pavement ends, is where the Grand Duc mine and Salmon Glacier are located. The unpaved portion is washboard and you have to dodge some potholes, but clearance is not a problem. This is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can drive to a point above a massive glacier and look down on it. It's actually in BC, Canada, but you have to drive from Hyder, AK, to get there.
We made the drive from Hyder to the Gran Duc mine in the jeep. The glacial views are truly spectacular as you progress up the mountain. Eventually, you get high enough that you can look down on the moraine and up to the top. It is almost as good as flying over a glacier like Kathy did in the Alaskan interior. The debris field represented by the moraine is very well defined and has a lot of character. It took us eight hours up and back as we kept stopping to view the different scenery. There is a lot more to see than just the Salmon Glacier, as there are several other smaller glaciers and numerous waterfalls.
We enjoyed shopping at the Boundary Gifts shop that sold homemade fudge and soaps. Behind the counter, Joy noticed several beautiful dulcimers. The owner told us how her deceased husband had an ear for wood and how these dulcimers were made. He could knock on trees and identify if the pitch and tone were good enough for instruments. He had even sold trees to Martin guitars. She played a few tunes for us and the moment was truly magical.
We stayed at the Bear River RV park. It was clean but the showers were pay showers and the wi-fi cost money after the first 1 mb. We couldn't even check our email. Besides we were ready to get back home to the lower forty-eight.