In partnership with Alaska Railroad, Ascending Path offers Guided Iceberg Kayaking on the Spencer lake. This is an amazing Glacier location to experience and learn about blue ice, up close and personal, on this 1/2 day kayaking excursion! Operating under 10 year permit with the Chugach National Forest.

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 or Girdwood with breathtaking views of glaciers and towering alpine peaks.

Clients ride the scenic Coastal Classic train along the Turnagain Arm to the Spencer Whistle Stop. Then at Spencer they disembark the train to experience the wilderness and get away from the crowds by starting your trip where most people turn around. Enjoy the morning and several hours to paddle among icebergs and to the face of Spencer Glacier. One goal is to touch an iceberg!

From the Spencer Whistle Stop, groups of 7 or less board a van for a short ride on the gravel road to our kayak cove overlooking outstanding views of the glacier and Icebergs floating in Spencer lake. Guides outfit kayakers in all paddling gear and give a kayaking and safety briefing. The paddle includes outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in Spencer lake with photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, icebergs, history and glaciology.Guests will unload from the kayaks and hike from Kayak cove back to the Whistle stop. The 5 hours spent at Spencer includes iceberg kayaking and trail hiking. A boxed lunch will be enjoyed on a leisurely scenic train ride from Spencer Whistle Stop to Grandview Glacier and then back to your depot of origin.


  • Round trip train ticket to Spencer Whistle Stop
  • Catered deli boxed lunch, bottled waters, granola bars and snacks
  • 1 mile shuttle at Spencer Whistle Stop to Spencer Lake
  • All paddling gear: Necky Looksha Tandem Sea Kayaks, spray skirts, PFD’s, gloves, rain jacket and pants, dry bags, kayak safety equipment
  • Friendly, skilled, naturalist kayak and hiking guides.
  • Paddling instruction and briefing
  • Small Ratios (min: 2:1 max: 7:1/client:guide)
  • Guides will pace the trip and total distance to the groups’ desires, fitness level and weather conditions.
  • Bear Protection and satellite tracking and communication devices
  • Interpretative glaciology, ecology and natural history discussions