Spencer Glacier Rail DETAILS
Please wear comfortable warm clothes and dress in layers (fleece jacket, rain jacket/pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap). Be sure to bring hiking boots or running shoes, daypack and a camera.
Trips Depart Daily- June 1st to September 10th.
Girdwood: Meet at our Yurt at Noon- Returning 9pm. This is a 9 hour excursion
Anchorage: check in at Depot at 8:45am- Returning 10:15pm
- No experience necessary
- Lunch and Rail is included
- Lunch options: meat, vegetarian and special dietary choices avail.
- Advanced reservations required
- 13 and up, perfect for families and groups
- A detailed gear list is provided upon booking (Daypack, lunch, camera, hat & gloves, etc)
- Climbers are required to fill out a Climbing Application and sign our waiver
- Trip minimums and maximums will be set at 2 and 12 (4:1 climbers/guide)
- $399 pp, Private rate $499
Spencer Glacier Ice Climbing- By Alaska Railroad!
The 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, so we ride a train from Anchorage, Girdwood or Portage with breathtaking views of glaciers and towering alpine peaks.
Guests meet their guide at our Alyeska Yurt in Girdwood at 10:15am or 12 Noon. Or if boarding in ANC at 8:45am, your Glacier Guide will find you on the train after the Girdwood stop. On the train, guests will fill out waivers and get geared up. The Glacier Discovery stops in Portage, goes thru the tunnel to Whittier and then BACK to Portage. We arrive at the Spencer Whistle stop at 1:45pm.
From the Spencer Whistle Stop, our small group of 4 or less hop on a van for a short ride to the lake edge trailhead. Our hike to the Ice includes outstanding views of the glacier and Icebergs floating in the Spencer terminal lake. The total distance from the edge of the lake to the glacier is 1.5 Miles of flat Forest Service maintained trails. There is another 1/2 mile of rugged moraine walking to get to the ice. The 1 hour approach includes many photo & rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. At the Glaciers' edge we gear up with helmets and crampons. After more safety lessons and crampon practice, groups travel out onto the glacier ice and to the Ice walls. Climbers will have about 3 hours to take turns top-roping amazing blue Ice walls and exploring other features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc) with your skilled and experienced guide.
For the return trip, we catch the Coastal Classic Train at 8:15pm, which takes us straight back to Girdwood or Anchorage.
Climbers visiting Spencer Glacier with us come away with great photographs, better respect and knowledge about glaciers, mountain weather and the history of Alaska climbing.... and an awesome Alaskan wilderness experience!
$399 Per person, Includes Rail & Lunch
Helicopter "RockStar Glacier Hike or Ice Climb"
For a shorter day out, consider the "breathtaking RockStar adventure option" and add a Helicopter drop off from Girdwood onto a Glacier! Yup- Helicopter onto a glacier, hike with crampons past fins of blue ice and pools of water, Ice Climb, then enjoy the flight back to Girdwood. Watch a video of your sweet ride on our YouTube page.
$590 per person: includes Guide & Heli
"I had the most amazing time
on Alyeska glacier and it was
just Ryan and myself. He is just
such a great guy and we had
the best afternoon imaginable!"
Dianne Norris, AU
"The Glacier Hike was
the best experience
our family had in Alaska!"
Sharon Smith, NC
"The rainforest hike was really
interesting and wonderful with
a kind guide. The landscape is
amazing, something to
remember. We LOVED it!"
Mercedes and Maria, Spain
"Beautiful terrain, a
very competent and helpful
guide! Absolutly loved the trip!"
Satyam, Anchita, Soumitra,
Abha, Ankur and Ashi, India
"It was a very good experience
going glacier hiking. I enjoyed
learning about the glacier
John and Scott, Hammond, LA
"Awesome hike with Amy.
She is a great guide. Learned a lot.
The scenery is so beautiful,
I can't wait to come back!"
Bruce and Elise