Easily accessible glacier if you're traveling along the highway. This is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States, great if you're limited on time and passing through. The glacier is 26 miles long and 4 miles wide. The ease of access means there can be a fair amount of people checking it out.

The glacier is adjacent to the Glenn Highway at milepost 101. Located about 93 miles northeast of Anchorage. There is a $20 entry fee where you can park your car and take a quick hike to the glacier. A campsite is located at the entrance if you care to stay overnight, but this can be done in an afternoon.

From the parking lot it is an easy hike through the glacier outwash. Once you get to the terminus, you can continue to hike along the glacier. Not the most intense of hikes (far from it), but the ease of access to this glacier make it worthwhile and a definite stopover if driving on the Glenn Highway.

Pack List

  • Warm hiking clothes
  • Boots
  • Crampons (if possible)
  • Camera
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Crampons or a guide

Awesome exploring but don’t be dumb. Glacier travel requires the right gear so bring crampons, axe, helmet. I guided here for a couple years and watched too many unprepared peeps get carried out. MICA guides is awesome and will take you to some amazing features.

Cramp Ons

Bring your ice cramp ons and have fun exploring! Stay away from the muddy sections and try to follow routes that are already there. If you don't have glacier experience, review some glacier safety guidelines online. I've been here twice with cramp ons and without. It was definitely more fun with the cramp ons. If you don't have any, you can rent them from REI in Anchorage for $10/day I believe. :)

It was hot, then it was cold.

I went by the glacier in June so it was pretty warm outside, but as soon as my foot touched the ice I was freezing. I had to put on 2 more Jackets! But it was so beautiful, and slippery. So be cautious.


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