Tour
Iceberg Viewing Hiking Excursion

Iceberg Viewing Hiking Excursion

Departs from Girdwood

Rates

$245 pp

Description

Ride the scenic Glacier Discovery train along the Turnagain Arm to the Spencer Whistle Stop. At Spencer, clients will disembark the train to experience the wilderness and get away from the crowds by starting the hike where most people turn around. Enjoy a two-mile (4.2 miles round-trip) hike 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 2-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The Iceberg Hike begins at the edge of Spencer Lake at the Ascending Path Spencer Basecamp Yurt. Naturalist hiking guides lead groups of 10 or less along the lake edge, stopping to pick up glacial ice and take photos at several glacier viewing areas.

Hikers enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the 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-ops and rest stops to learn about local plants, wildlife, history and glaciology