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Hiking & Trekking

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 hiking maps 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:

  • Winner Creek Trail - beginner trail, family friendly
  • The North Face Trail - advanced trail
  • Upper Tram Terminal Trails - advanced trails
  • South Bowl Trails - intermediate to advanced trails

There are many other trails near the resort and across the Kenai Peninsula. Check out the Chugach National Forest roundup of local trails.


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.

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Iceberg Hike at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop by Train

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, 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 Iceberg Hike begins here.  Naturalist guides lead the group of 10 or less along the lake edge, stopping to take photos at at several glacier viewing areas.  Hikers enjoy 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.

  • Trip is 6 hours
  • Available June 1-September 10
  • Departs: 12 noon
  • includes train travel and van transfer to the train depot
  • deli lunch included; your choice of turkey or veggie sandwich
  • snacks and water provided
  • hike is up to 4 miles round trip on flat graveled trails

Glacier Hike on the Spencer Glacier by Train

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. Naturalist guides lead the group of 5 or less along the lake edge, stopping to take photos at at several glacier viewing areas. Hikers enjoy 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 itself 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 experienced glacier guides. This is a strenuous activity, however no experience is necessary.  This trip operates in all weather conditions and is suitable for ages 13 and older.

  • This trip is 10 to 11 hours
  • Available June 1- September 10
  • departs at 12 pm
  • includes train travel and van transfer to the train depot
  • deli lunch included; your choice of turkey or veggie sandwich
  • snacks and water provided
  • all climbing gear is provided
  • guests should wear comfortable warm clothes, dress in layers, bring rain coat/ pants, comfortable hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses

Alpine Hiking on the Alyeska Glacier

The Alyeska Glacier is nestled in Glacier Bowl of the Chugach Mountains. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, hikers are awed by traveling above tree line and the alpine tundra.  Alpine Hiking guests ride the Scenic Alyeska Tram up to 2,300 feet and back down to the Hotel Alyeska near sea level. From the upper mountain tram, we hike a scenic ridgeline surrounded by the 7 Glaciers of the Girdwood Valley and outstanding views up to the glacier making photo and rest stops along the way. In totality, we hike for 2 hours for a distance of 1 mile round trip with an 800 foot elevation gain. In Glacier Bowl (depending on conditions) we hike up high onto glacier snow field or in late summer, a remnant rock covered glacier.

  • Trip is 3 hours
  • Available from June 15 to September 17
  • Departures: 9 am & 3 pm 
  • Naturalist hiking guides
  • Granola bars/snacks and bottled waters
  • Tram ticket and all gear provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Guests will be required to fill out an adventure application and waiver.
  • Trips are weather dependent
  • Please wear comfortable clothes; bring a snack, water and your camera

Offered by The Ascending Path


Nature Hike

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.

  • Trip is 3 hours
  • Departs: 9 am & 3 pm
  • Please bring sturdy footwear, water, your camera and appropriate hiking clothing including rain gear
  • Trip operates in all weather conditions
  • Suitable for ages 7 to 70
  • No experience necessary

Offered by The Ascending Path


Crow Pass Hike

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. 

Offered by The Ascending Path


Call the Alyeska Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.