with Ascending Path Tours
Tour Price: From Anchorage or Girdwood: $279, including rail
From Whittier or Portage: $239, including rail
Available June 1 - Sep 15, 2013 Call 800-544-0552 to book this tour
Hike to Spencer Glacier - up to 3.5 miles roundtrip on flat graveled US Forest Service trails, past blue ice bergs, and along a beautiful glacial lake.
Spencer Glacier is located just South of Portage Valley and the Turnagain Arm in the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. It is entirely off the road system and only accessible by rail.
From Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a bus for a 1-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.
You will stop to pick up icebergs and take photos at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers will 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, maintained trails.
The 3 hours you spend hiking include many photo & rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history, ecology, and glaciology. The maximum hiking mileage is up to 3.5-miles roundtrip.
Your guide will pace the trip & mileage to the group's fitness level & desires. Restroom facilities are available at Spencer Whistle Stop.
This is an easy to moderate activity for ages 7-70. 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;
- 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.