Just got home from an overnight trip to the Spencer Glacier. I have past by Spencer Glacier on the Alaska Railroad many times, I have rafted passed it, even flown over and photographed it from a helicopter a couple of times – but despite my best intentions, have never spent the night out there. It has been on our “to do” list for a couple of years, and with wonderful weather moving in this past week, we decided it was the perfect time to go!
By spending the night, I was there for the best light around sunrise and sunset – although the skies completely cleared and I didn’t get the dramatic sky I was hoping for, I still found plenty of dramatic scenery! This also gave us extra time to explore the area – even put on crampons and was able to check out the glacier which is an easy three mile hike away.
Spencer Glacier has to be one of the best day trips around. You get there by catching the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage or Portage. The railroad drops you off at a small station in this beautiful remote country. The train passes back through the area a couple of hours later giving you time to hike around, or to go on a rafting trip with Chugach Adventure Guides. I photographed the rafting trip for the railroad a few years back – it is fun!
Or, if you prefer, you can do like we did and bring your camping gear in backpacks and spend the night or multiple nights. A new trail that takes you way up into the nearby mountains is almost compete – next time we will be doing it. Eventually, there will be a series of trails and huts connecting railroad stops through this entire remote country. They are working another trail this summer that will eventually connect to 5 different whistle stops. When done, It will offer easy access to some amazing country!