Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

One of the most spectacular and visible glaciers along the rail belt, this glacier is named after Edward A. Spencer who disappeared in 1905. November 16, 1905 to be exact. His body was found in November of 1906, one year later.
While at Spencer, you may enjoy a float tour, hiking, or even camping. Spencer Glacier is the first of several Whistle Stops planned by the Forest Service and is only accessible by train.


Activities: Spencer Glacier Float Tour, Glacier Explorer Tour, Ranger Hike
Arrival time: From Portage to Grandview: 1:45 PM, From Grandview to Portage: 4:30 PM
Departure time: To Grandview: 1:55 PM, To Portage: 4:40 PM
Distance from:
  • Anchorage: 60 miles, 3.75 hours by train
  • Fairbanks: 420 miles, 15.75 hours by train over two days with an overnight in Anchorage
  • Denali: 297 miles, 11.25 hours by train over two days with an overnight in Anchorage
  • Seward: 70 miles, 3.25 hours by 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

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