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Glacier Hike on Spencer Glacier
With Ascending Path Tours

From Anchorage or Girdwood: $392 (ages 13-70)
Available: June 1 - September 13, 2015

Book by phone: 800.544.0552


Ascending Path Glacier Hike at Spencer Glacier

From Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, guests will disembark the Glacier Discovery Train and load onto a bus for a one-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. This is where the journey to the glacier begins. Groups of five or less paddle tandem sea kayaks across Spencer Lake and enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and floating icebergs.

The time spent kayaking includes photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history, ecology, and glaciology. At the glacier's edge, 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 two 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 and mileage to the group's fitness level & desires. Restroom facilities are available at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.

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

This full-day trip operates in all weather conditions with one departure daily from Anchorage and Girdwood.
From Anchorage: 9:45am - 10:15pm
From Girdwood: 11:00am - 8:50pm


  • Round-trip rail transportation from Anchorage or Girdwood to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop;
  • *deli lunch provided on board the Glacier Discovery Train;
  • snacks and water provided on the kayak;
  • all kayaking and glacier hiking gear;
  • 5:1 ratio of guests to guide;
  • 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.