Spencer Glacier Iceberg Hike
This is an add on tour available only from the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, so you must also purchase rail transportation on board the Glacier Discovery train from Anchorage. Your Girdwood based guides will board the train in Portage at about 1:15pm and join you on the remainder of your train ride 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 private shuttle for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake to an overlook. The Iceberg Hike begins there, where the un-guided hikers typically turn around. The Naturalist guides lead the group of 9 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 Spencer 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 & rest stops to learn about interesting local plans, wildlife, history and glaciology. The maximum hiking distance is up to 4.2 miles round trip. Naturalist guides will pace the trip and total mileage to the group’s fitness level and desires. This is an easy to moderate activity. No experience is necessary. This trip operates in all weather conditions. You will return back to the Spencer Whistle Stop by 4:30pm to catch your return train to Anchorage.
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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Length: 3 1/2 Hours
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