Chugach Whistle Stop

The Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop is part of the Chugach Whistle Stop service offered through a unique partnership with the Chugach National Forest where the Alaska Railroad offers rail transportation into a remote stretch of the Forest, opening the door to a myriad of outdoor recreation possibilities.

The Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, the first stop, contains well-maintained historically-themed waiting shelters, interpretive kiosks, a campsite and restrooms.

Train service is adventure class only. A day trip to Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop includes a guided (2.6 mile round-trip) hike with a Chugach National Forest Service interpreter.

Please tell your agent when you book if you want this option. The trail is fully accessible.

Lunch is available for purchase on the train. Whistle Stop passengers must be at the waiting area no later than 4:30 pm to ensure they don’t miss the train.

 Recommended Gear List for All Visitors:

  • Hiking boots
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
    • Polypropylene, nylon or wool clothing (avoid cotton)
  • Emergency gear such as:
    • a first aid kit
    • knife
    • signaling device such as a whistle
  • Map of the Spencer Glacier area
  • Insect repellent and/or head net

Camping at Spencer Glacier