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Glacier View, Alaska Map

Awesome hike and great views. Definitely worth the $30.

F**k the owner. 30$ just to see the glacier from up close.

Great view !

4 months ago

The view is beautiful.

Great views!!

Super pretty. First timers should pay $100 for the guided tour and equipments rental. Could be muddy, slick and dangerous. Stay safe and have fun!

5 months ago

Kinda confusing to find the trailhead but there are great views of Matanuska glacier from the top. Very steep and often muddy. :P Directions (since we had trouble finding the trail, I figure others might too) you can see the lions head from the road in both directions. Stop at the base and there's a big gravel area that says no trespassing. Take the gravel driveway down to the right and there's a gate with an AT&T sign. Call the number and let them know you're going on in. Then follow that gravel driveway up to a couple of buildings and basically poke around until you see a small opening in the brush, that's the trail. On the way back down, there are lots of trails that meander through the brush. We definitely took a different route down than up! Luckily we came out at the gravel driveway. Our friend took a slightly different route through the brush at the end, and he ended up maybe a hundred yards up the driveway. So don't get too hung up on trying to find the correct route because there isn't really one. :D

5 months ago

Nice little nature trail with interesting facts about the Glacier and area

we just did unguided option - that's about 1 mile in & out. Great experience to be and feel glacier. Great views and sound of melted water beneath the glacier is amazing.

$30 seems expensive for a hike however, understandable as this is privately own. i do recommend guided tour ($100) if time permits.

6 months ago

Super view of the glacier and the river

Booked this through Adventurous Wino’s and had an excellent time. Our guide was Allison, she was very informative and fun. The trail is moderate, my cousin and mother in law had no problems and they both have knee and hip problems. Loved this and would absolutely do it again.

Perfect trail with a view with little ones. We had 4 Kids with us ages 11,11,9,4. Distance and climb was perfect for their attention span.

6 months ago

The view is of course the payoff on this trail! Amazing view of the Matanuska Glacier. Bring your binoculars too!

The trail was wet with some sections having running water today due to late snow melt and ground water. It made it slippery in sections that had incline and needed to hold on to trees on way down in sections. Poles would have been helpful. Not necessary when conditions are good but with the slick wet areas they would have been nice to have.

The trail is also tight in some areas but with the greenery it also feels like hiking in Kauai for sections. Small rock scramble section half way up.

Bring a snack / lunch for the top and enjoy the view.

It was an interesting experience to hike on a glacier, but not quite as thrilling as I had expected from my research. The trail and glacier were fairly well populated, so it didn’t necessarily have a really isolated, backcountry feel like many hikes do. If you have the time (and money) while in the area, it’s an interesting stop, but I wouldn’t call it a must-do Alaska experience.

You can only do self-guided tours in the summer time, I think June-September. Otherwise, you'll need a guide and the cost is $25-30 if you're an Alaskan resident. I was told tour times are at 11am and 2pm, so call ahead of time if you want the tour. Did this with guide a couple weeks ago and it was beautiful. Took us through some caves and was very informative but she didn't talk our ears off. They will provide you with crampons if needed. Overall it's just beautiful, the different colors of the glacier are amazing!

Scott Evans where did you rent crampons and how much were they. We are planning to go next month. My wife is wary about not getting a guide. I am not sure it makes sense to spend an extra $200 for a guide. Anyone have thoughts here?

Don't use the guid service, rent your own crampons and explore!


THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC TRAIL. YOU MUST PAY $30 per person to get close to the ice.

Well worth the trip,we explored for a while and enjoyed it very much!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Really enjoyed this place. I roamed around for four hours in the rain and it was worth it :)

Amazing view. Great experience.

it's a nice way to spend a few hours. not necessarily a trail since you can wander all over the glacier depending on your comfortability and fitness but awesome none the less. entrance fees to get in, guide if you want one and camping if interested. nice and warm on the glacier in August

Another beautiful site in Alaska ;). Did this one in the winter. Will try again in the summer.

Amazing place. love the natural blue in the ice.

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.

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

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

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

Friday, September 30, 2016

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.

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