Glacier Hike on Spencer Glacier

With Ascending Path Tours 

Tour Price: $375 (ages 13-70)

Available: 6/1 - 9/14 2014

Take a leisurely guided hike along the shoreline of Spencer Lake into more rugged glacial moraine and then to the edge of Spencer Glacier.

Ascending Path Glacier Hike at Spencer Glacier

Once there, you gear up with crampons and helmets for 2 hours of guided glacier trekking and exploring. Includes a 4-mile round trip hike, experienced guide, deli lunch and all gear.

From Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a bus for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. This is where the hike to the glacier begins. Groups of 5 or less hike a trail along Spencer Lake and enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lake.

The total distance from the start of the hike to the edge of the glacier is about 2 miles of flat USFS maintained trails. The last mileage is rugged moraine walking & glacier hiking.

The 4 hours you spend hiking includes many photo & rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history, ecology, and glaciology. At the glacier's edge, you will gear up with helmets and crampons; and learn more safety lessons and crampon practice.

Groups will travel onto the glacier ice itself and have about 3 hours to explore the amazing ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, etc.) with a skilled and experienced glacier guide.

Naturalist glacier guides will pace the trip & mileage to the group's fitness level & desires. Restroom facilities are available at Spencer Whistle Stop.

This is a strenuous activity for ages 13-70. No experience is necessary.

This trip operates in all weather conditions with one departure daily.


  • *Deli lunch provided on board the Glacier Discovery Train;
  • snacks and water provided on the hike;
  • all glacier hiking gear;
  • 5:1 ratio;
  • friendly, skilled, naturalist hiking guide;
  • bear protection; and
  • interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology discussions.

*vegetarian, & special dietary options available


Cotton attire is Not recommended. Please wear comfortable, warm clothes, dressing in layers (fleece jacket, rain jacket/pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap) hiking boots or walking shoes. A backpack, binoculars and camera are recommended.

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