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Spencer Glacier Ice Climbing

With Ascending Path

Tour Price: $415 (ages 13-70)

Available Jun 1 - Sep 14, 2014

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 GlacierIce Climb on Spencer Glacier – hike 5 miles roundtrip on flat graveled US Forest Service trails, past the blue ice bergs, and along a beautiful terminal lake. 

From Spencer Whistle Stop, climbers load onto a bus for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The hike to the ice climbing walls on Spencer Glacier begins here. 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 5 hours you spend hiking include 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 ice climb & explore the amazing ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, etc.) with skilled and experienced ice climbing guides. The maximum hiking mileage is up to 5 miles roundtrip.

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.