with Ascending Path Tours
From Anchorage or Girdwood: $307
From Whittier or Portage: $266
Available June 1 - Sep 13, 2015
Call to book: 800.544.0552
Board the Glacier Discovery Train for a scenic ride along Turnagain Arm en route to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, located just south of Portage Valley in the Chugach National Forest. Spencer Glacier is entirely off the road system and only accessible by rail.
From Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a bus for a one-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The Iceberg Hike begins here. A naturalist guide will lead the group of 10 or less along the lake edge. Stretch your legs on up to 3.5 miles round-trip on flat graveled US Forest Service trails, past blue icebergs, and along a beautiful glacial lake.
You will stop to pick up small icebergs and take photos at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers will enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lake. The 3 hours you spend hiking include many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history, ecology, and glaciology.
Your guide 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 an easy to moderate activity for ages 7-70. 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, Girdwood, Whittier or Portage to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop;
- *deli lunch provided on board the Glacier Discovery Train;
- snacks and water provided on the hike;
- 10:1 ratio;
- friendly, skilled, naturalist hiking guide;
- bear protection; and
- interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology discussions.
*vegetarian, & special dietary options available
WHAT DO I WEAR/BRING?
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.