Spencer Glacier Walking Tour

This half day Spencer Glacier hiking tour starts from Anchorage or Girdwood, by riding the scenic Alaska Railroad along Turnagain Arm to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. From there, join your guide for an easy two mile walk (4.2 miles round-trip) on a well maintained trail to the face of Spencer Glacier. Scenic mountain views, the Spencer Glacier & icebergs in the lake and on the shore provide a unique Alaska wilderness landscape.

Escape the Crowds & Enjoy an Easy Hike

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.

Half Day Anchorage Glacier Tour

For those staying in Anchorage or Girdwood during their Alaska vacation, this tour is a great way to experience a glacier up close. Your group will have three hours to hike and explore, giving plenty of time to rest, learn about local plants, wildlife, history and glaciology.

Ascending Path is operating under a 10 year permit with the Chugach National Forest.


  • 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.