Matanuska Glacier Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Matanuska Glacier Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

ice climbing

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing place. love the natural blue in the ice.

hiking
14 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

First Glacier we had seen and it was beautiful. Glad we decided to check it out. Unfortunately you do have to pay a fee to drive to the trail head which took away from the wildness of the experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Wasn't quite what I expected, but was a good time nonetheless.

hiking
4 months ago

If you walk out there by yourself or get a guide, you will not regret it!

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is only available for guided tours during winter months. Call ahead.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We had no experience ice hiking or climbing, so we hiked the Matanuska Glacier with Nova Glacier Guides - they supplied crampons, ice axes, mountaineering boots and an awesome guide. Although the glacier is public park land, access to the face is through private property. They charge a fee, but also provide a nicely maintained road down to the access area and a floating boardwalk across the thick mud. It only takes a short while to get accustomed to walking on crampons and soon you feel as sure footed as on any trail, maybe more so. There's no wildlife on the glacier, but just seeing the ponds and rivers on the surface of the glacier, the fissures, it's pretty incredible and not to be missed if you have a chance. Just 2 or 2.5 hrs east of Anchorage. If I were to do it again, I'd pay more to take as long a hike as Nova would be willing to do, awesome experience.

hiking
9 months ago