Spencer Glacier

Portage, AK
Length: 1.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Take the Alaska Railroad and hike to this remote destination which features a massive wall of ice sliding into a lake surrounded by the colors of the fall.


Submitted by Joe Linehan

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Summer
Surface type Mixed
Elevation gain 200 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception None
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

The trail leads to Spencer Lake for spectacular glacier viewing. The area is open to overnight use by either staying at the Spencer Bench Cabin (5.4 mile hike), dispersal camping outside the Developed Recreation area, or in the group campground. There is a 1.7 mile trail that extends from Spencer Lake to Spencer Glacier.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Visit for more information on tickets. You may need to open up a lemonade stand to save up for this one, but well worth it!

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Getting There

Take the Glacier Discover line from Anchorage to Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop.