Glacier Access

UNGUIDED GLACIER ACCESS IS AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER ONLY

Opening and closing dates for self-guided access are subject to change. Please check our website for updated information, or call our office.

NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SELF-GUIDED ACCESS

We offer self-guided glacier access for people who want to take their time to explore the Matanuska Glacier and its beauty. The trail is half-a-mile, leading to the terminus of the glacier. You'll have a beautiful view of the face, as well as the start of the Matanuska River. In the distance, enjoy the vast beauty of the Chugach Mountains; this range spans South Central Alaska and is home to Mt. Marcus Baker, the mountain of origin to the Matanuska Glacier.

Season: Summer ONLY (opening date TBD)

Access Hours: 10am-6pm daily

Cost: $30 per person

Included: Glacier access only. No gear included.

Consideration and Rules:

  • YOU MUST STAY ON THE MARKED TRAIL AT ALL TIMES.
  • Trail is marked by orange cones, placed with purpose to allow a less risky trek.
  • Do not go past the marked cones ending the trail.
  • Most of the trail is on the ice. Exercise precaution when walking and stay alert.
  • If you wish to go beyond the marked trail you must have a guide with you.
  • It is required to keep your cell phone on at all times in case of an emergency or if the office needs to contact you.
  • Do not step into any water. Puddles or streams can be very deep. 
  • Do not jump over any crevasses. If it is big enough so as you cannot easily step over, it is too big to cross. 
  • Do not try to climb ice that is too steep.
  • Do not slide down steep slopes of ice. This will inevitably cause injury. 
  • Drones are not allowed. This is in consideration of the other people on the glacier, their privacy, and enjoyment of the natural surroundings and sounds. 
  • Whatever you pack in, you MUST pack out. This includes food, tissues, wrappers or other garbage. 
  • Be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your animal.

WARNING ⚠️ IF YOU HAVE LIMITED EXPERIENCE HIKING ON ICE OR HIKING IN GENERAL, WE STRONGLY ADVISE BOOKING A TOUR. CALL OUR OFFICE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS.

 

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For quicker service, please call us directly at Telephone: 907-745-2534 or Toll-Free: 888-253-4480 to book your Matanuska Glacier Tour. If you haven't thought about visiting the glacier in winter, now's the time!