ARE YOU A DO-IT-YOURSELF TYPE? NO PROBLEM!
** Unguided glacier access is available only in the summertime, please call for more details **
Matanuska Glacier Access
Season: Self guided access is now OPEN!
Departures: Unguided, open at 10:00 a.m. everyday
Cost: $30 per person
Included: Glacier access fee only. (No gear included.)
Duration: No time limit, but visitors must be off the ice by 6 p.m. Thank you.
Consideration and Rules:
- Trail is marked by orange cones, placed with purpose to allow safer trekking without the requirement of spikes or climbing gear so you MUST STAY ON TRAIL, and do not go past the marked cones ending the trail.
- If you wish to go beyond the marked trail, equipment and experience is required.
- It is required to keep your cell phone on at all times in case of an emergency or the office needs to get a hold of you
- Do not step into any water that you can not see the bottom of, these puddles or streams can be anywhere from a couple inches deep, to 15 feet deep.
- Do not jump over any crevasses. If it too big that you can not easily step over it, it is too big to cross.
- Do not try and climb ice that is too steep that you have to slide down. This could cause serious injury.
- Drones are not allowed, this is in consideration of the other people on the glacier, their privacy and enjoyment of the natural surrounding sounds.
- Whatever you pack in, you MUST pack out. This includes food. Even something as simple as an apple core can stay on the ice for several years because it will not decompose.
We offer glacier access for those who want to take their time, on their own, to explore the Matanuska Glacier in a very personal way for the hikers experienced in glacier travel. The trail leads one-half of a mile on to the toe of the glacier, to an area that is marked off with signs to insure safety. You'll have a beautiful view of the face of the glacier with the Chugach mountain range, and the beginning of the Matanuska River.
If you have little to no experience hiking on ice, then we strongly suggest booking a tour with a tour company.
Check out these companies for different guided options: