Ride the scenic Glacier Discovery train along the Turnagain Arm to the Spencer Whistle Stop. At Spencer you will disembark the train to experience the wilderness and get away from the crowds by starting your hike where most people turn around. Enjoy a two-mile hike (4.2 miles round-trip) along a well maintained USFS trail to the face of Spencer Glacier. One goal is to touch an iceberg!

From the Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a shuttle for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The Iceberg Hike begins there, where the rest turn around… Naturalist hiking guides lead groups of 10 or less along the lake edge, stopping to pick up Icebergs and take photos at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the Spencer glacial lake. The total distance from the start of the hike to the edge of the glacier is about 2 miles of flat Forest Service maintained trails. The 3 hours spent hiking includes many photo and rest stops to learn about local plants, wildlife, history and glaciology.


  • Round trip train ticket to Spencer Whistle Stop
  • Deli boxed lunch, water, granola bars/snacks
  • 2 mile round trip shuttle from Spencer Whistle Stop to Spencer Lake
  • Small ratios (min: 4:1, max: 10:1, hikers:guide)
  • Friendly, skilled, naturalist hiking guides
  • Guides pace the trip and distance to the groups’ desires, fitness and weather conditions
  • Bear/Wildlife protection
  • Interpretative glaciology, ecology and natural history discussions
  • Trekking poles and extra attire, if needed
  • Girdwood Hikers also receive a courtesy Sprinter van shuttle from the Hotel Alyeska Tramway loop to Portage train depot.