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Spencer Hike & Kayak with Rail from Anchorage.

Spencer Hike & Kayak with Rail from Anchorage.

Your Spencer Glacier Hike starts with a very scenic ride on the Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery train. The train departs from the Anchorage Depot located at 411 West First Avenue at 9:45am. Sit back and enjoy the comfortable seating and large picture windows. After traveling through Anchorage you will descend through the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. This area, also commonly known as Potter’s Marsh, is a good place to spot migratory birds, waterfowl and moose. Your trip continues along the Turnagain Arm, a body of water featuring the world’s second highest tides at over 30 feet. Beluga whales can often be seen following salmon on the incoming tide, and Dall sheep frequent the rocky mountainsides. You will travel through Portage Valley viewing hanging glaciers, in and out of Whittier through North America’s longest railroad tunnel before stopping at the second Portage stop at about 1:15pm where your Girdwood based guides will board the train. Then the train will travel through the Placer River Valley in the Chugach National Forest to the Spencer Whistle Stop. During this portion of the trip you will be given a deli lunch that includes a turkey or vegetarian sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and bottled water. From the Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a shuttle for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. After safety and paddling instruction, groups of 4 or less paddle their tandem sea kayaks 1 hour and 1.5 miles across Spencer Glacier Lake, enjoying outstanding views of the Glacier and Icebergs floating in the lake. Once landing the Kayaks, a short off trail (rugged terrain) walk gains access onto the glacier. At the glaciers’ edge guests gear up with helmets, harnesses and crampons. After safety lessons and crampon practice by skilled and experienced glacier guides, groups travel onto the glacier and have about 2-3 hours to explore the amazing Ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc.). The 6 hours spent off the train includes many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. For the return trip, you catch the Coastal Classic Train at 8:15pm, which takes you back to Anchorage at 10:15pm. There are dining cars on the train to purchase additional food and meals.

Note this trip is also available from Girdwood, please ask your reservation agent for details.

What To Wear

Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers: long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece winter hat, sunglasses, ball cap, hiking boots or trail shoes. A small backpack, camera and binoculars are recommended as well. This trip operates in all weather conditions.


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Rates and Operating Dates

Operating Dates Adult Child
5/27/18 (Sun) to 9/15/18 (Sat)$389.00$389.00
Rates do not include taxes or fees and are subject to change without notice.

Length: 12 1/2 Hours

Departure Information:

  • 9:45 AM depart Anchorage Depot, return 10:15 PM


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Payment and Cancellation Policy

A deposit equal to 30% of services reserved is due at the time of booking, with the balance due 45 days prior to your first day of travel. The following change and cancellation fees apply. Between 45 to 31 days prior to your first day of travel a 10% cancel/change fee will apply. Between 30 to 15 days prior to your first day of travel a 50% cancel/change fee will apply. Within 14 days of travel, your package is non-refundable and non-changeable. Because we cannot make exceptions to our cancellation or change policies for any reason, including family and medical emergencies, we STRONGLY encourage you to purchase travel insurance.


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