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Travel on foot is often the most rewarding way to explore the expansive system of nature trails in Alaska. Alyeska Resort offers convenient access to trails of all levels. Please explore the summer trail map for more information. Summer Trail Maps are available at the Concierge Desk and Tram Ticket Office. For other trail options in the area, view the Girdwood trail map.
Trails that start right from the resort include:
For an interpretative experience, take a guided rain forest or nature hike. On the more adventurous side, the Glacier Trek is a must. Experience first-hand the power of a glacier and learn basic mountaineering skills.
All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.
In partnership with the Alaska Railroad, Ascending path offers guided hiking from the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. The Spencer Glacier is located just south of the Portage Valley in the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. It is entirely off the road system, sp we ride a train with breathtaking views of glaciers and towering alpine peaks. From the Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a shuttle for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The Iceber Hike begins here. Natualist guides lead the group of 10 or less along the lake edge, stopping to take photos at at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers ejoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in Spencer lake. The total distance from the start of the hike to the edge of the glacier is about 2 miles. The 3 hours we spend hiking includes many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. This trip is suitable for ages 7 and older.
In partnership with the Alaska Railroad, Ascending path offers guided glacier hiking from the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop. The Spencer Glacier is located just south of the Portage Valley in the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. It is entirely off the road system, so we ride a train with breathtaking views of glaciers and towering alpine peaks. From the Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a shuttle for a 1-mile drive to the edge of Spencer Lake. The hike to the glacier begins here. Natualist guides lead the group of 5 or less along the lake edge, stopping to take photos at at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers ejoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lake. The total distance from the start of the hike to the edge of the glacier is about 2 miles on flat Forest Service maintained trails. The last mileage is rugged moraine walking and glacier hiking. The 5 hours we spend hiking includes many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. At the glacier's edge we gear up with helmets and crampons. After more safety lessons and crampon practice, groups travel onto the glacier ice itslef and have about 2 hours to ice climb and explore the amazing ice features such as blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc. with their skilled and expereinced glacier guides. This is a strenous activity, however no expereince is nessecary. This trip operates in all weather conditions and is suitable ofr ages 13 and older.
The small Alyeska Glacier is nestled in Glacier Bowl of the Chugach Mountains. Glacier Hiking guests ride the Scenic Alyeska Tram from sea level up to 2,300 feet. From the upper mountain tram, we hike a scenic ridgeline surrounded by the Turnagain Arm and 7 Glaciers of the Girdwood Valley. Your naturalist glacier guide tailors the pace based on the groups overall fitness level by making interpretive, photo & rest stops along the way. We hike a distance of 1 mile round trip with an 800 foot elevation gain. At the Glaciers’ edge we gear up with harnesses, ropes and/or crampons, NEOS over-boots and teach about glacier travel. We explore the features of the Alyeska Glacier by experiencing glacier travel & glacial climate change first hand and explaining how glaciers are formed. Trips include all equipment, naturalist glacier guides, tram ticket, and interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology discussions. A trail snack and water is provided. Wear comfortable warm clothes dressing in layers (fleece jacket, rain jacket/pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, hat) hiking boots or running shoes, daypack and a camera. This attire is necessary in order to participate
Explore the Historic Iditarod Trail on this 1/2 day hike. Guided five miles hike along the Winner Creek Trail includes a snack. Trips are tailored to the guests' abilities and needs. This moderate and exciting hike consists of a very unique hand-tram crossing and walk over the Winner Creek Gorge. Trips finish at the Hotel Alyeska. The naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna of North America's northern-most temperate rainforest. Moose sightings are a possibility! When blueberry season is in full swing the trail is blooming with scrumptious delights sure to please anyone.
Glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mining ruins add some spice to the hike to Crow Pass, as if it needed any; the pass is the highest point on the historic Iditarod Trail and one of the finest day hikes in Southcentral Alaska. Arctic ground squirrels, marmots, and mountain goats inhabit the high country near Crow Pass, and bears, moose, and Dall sheep are frequently spotted too. Special features: An alpine pass, mountain glaciers, mining and Iditarod Trail history, wildlife, and access to off-trail wilderness rambles; one of Southcentral Alaska’s classic alpine backpacking traverses.
Call the Alyeska Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108.