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Spencer Glacier Ice Climbing
with Ascending Path

From Anchorage or Girdwood: $416 (ages 13-70)
Available June 1 - September 13, 2015

Consider the ice climbing option to learn some vertical skills. This tour includes everything in the Spencer Glacier Hike plus an opportunity to try ice climbing. All the climbing gear is provided.

Ascending Path Ice Climbing at Spencer Glacier

From Anchorage or Girdwood, travel aboard the Glacier Discovery Train to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. Here, climbers load onto a bus for the one-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The hike to the ice climbing walls on Spencer Glacier begins here. Groups of five or less hike a trail along Spencer Lake and enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lake. The last mileage is rugged moraine walking & glacier hiking. 

While hiking, take advantage of the many photo and 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 three hours to ice climb and explore the amazing ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, etc.) with skilled and experienced ice climbing guides. The maximum total hiking mileage is up to five miles roundtrip.

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 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.