Experience awesome Alaskan wilderness on a 5-hour hike of the Spencer Glacier. Ride the Alaskan Railroad from Girdwood to the glacier enjoying spectacular views, and learn about the area’s natural history, ecology and glaciology as you hike.
What to Expect
Walk on blue ice with a professional glacier guide. Nowhere else in the world can you: ride a train, sea kayak & explore a glacier all in a day! Peer deep into crevasses, find ice caves & learn how glaciers are formed. Glacier access is by sea kayaking across the lake amidst icebergs. Experience the best guides & glacier hiking in Alaska only 1 hour from Anchorage!
From the Spencer Whistle Stop, glacier hikers load onto a shuttle for a 1 mile drive to AP’s basecamp at the edge of Spencer Lake. After a safety briefing, groups of 4 or less paddle their sea kayaks 1 hour and 1.5 miles across Spencer Glacier Lake, enjoying outstanding views of the Glacier and Icebergs floating in the lake.
After landing the Kayaks, a short off trail (rugged terrain) walk gains access onto the glacier. At the glaciers’ edge guests gear up with helmets, harnesses and crampons. After safety lessons and crampon practice by skilled and experienced glacier guides, groups travel onto the glacier and have about 2-3 hours to explore the amazing Ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc.). The 6 hours spent off the train includes many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. AP maintains a weather-port for safety shelter and gear storage at our Spencer Glacier basecamp.
The maximum distance of hiking on the glacier is about 2 miles. Kayak/Glacier guides will pace the trip and total mileage to the groups’ fitness level, interests and ice/water conditions.
- Deli lunch
- All equipment
- Friendly skilled naturalist hiking guides
- Train ticket
- Bear protection
- Interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology discussions
- Snacks and water (more can be purchased on the trains)
Meet at Ascending Path Yurt, located in-between the base of aerial tram and Hotel Alyeska.
Know Before You Go
• Suitable for ages 13 to 70
• Minimum weight: 90 lbs; maximum weight: 275 lbs
• This trip should be considered "strenuous activity"
• No experience is necessary
• Guests should wear comfortable warm clothes and dress in layers (fleece jacket, rain jacket/rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap), hiking boots/trail shoes
• Be sure to bring a backpack, binoculars and a camera.
• Please contact the tour supplier if your shoe size is smaller than US size 5 or bigger than US size 13
• For guests who board the Glacier Discovery Train in Anchorage, the Ascending Path guide will board the train and come find guests at the second Portage train stop (13:15).