Our Mini Family: Exploring Hurricane Gulch Bridge

Jul 5, 2016

Exploring Hurricane Gulch Bridge

Learn more about this Alaskan, steel arch bridge that spans 918 feet over Hurricane Gulch.

During my recent Alaska Railroad trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks, I was able to experience crossing over the longest and tallest bridge in Alaska--the Hurricane Gulch Bridge. Stretching just over 900 feet over a 300-foot drop, Hurricane Gulch Bridge is the longest and tallest bridge on the entire Alaska Railroad! 

The bridge was constructed in the early 1920's and has been in operation since. It has been said that the gulch the bridge passes over, Hurricane Gulch, is named due to its 90 mph winds near the river. Earthquakes are also very common along this area, and several destructive earthquakes coming up as high as 7 on the Richter scale have occurred here.

Our trip on the Alaska Railroad it brought us over the bridge. The tour guides on our train gave us time to grab our cameras, and we headed out to the outdoor viewing platform on the Denali Star train. 

The train slowed down to 10 mph and then at one point it came to a complete stop in the middle of the bridge, and I was able to snap some great pictures of the gulch below. The day we took our train ride the sky was cloudy, but it has been said that on a clear day you have a good chance at seeing the peak of Mt. Denali while crossing the Hurricane Gulch Bridge.

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  1. What a fun trip! Love the photos. I'd love to visit Alaska some day - it looks so pretty!

    1. Thanks--Alaska is incredible! So much to see and do!

  2. I love a train ride... and that scenery looked stunning! Great photos!

  3. I would be so scared to be on a bridge that big, but the view is fantastic!


    1. It was definitely exhilarating on the bridge--the views were beyond!


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