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Friday, May 25, 2012

Matanuska Glacier

A Glacial Lake Inside Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier is a rare roadside glacier that one can actually look down on from the road. 

Matanuska Glacier from the Patio of Long Rifle Lodge
( it was actually raining when I took this shot, we were lucky the rain stopped before our hike and started again when we were done)
This glacier is located on mile 102 of Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway, about 2 hours away from Anchorage. From the road, access to Matanuska Glacier is about 3 miles in unpaved but well maintained road. In the last 2 miles, access to the glacier requires a fee of $20 per person. From the parking lot of the trailhead, you can get closer to the glacier through a 1-mile interpretative trail, half of which is muddy due to the sediments that collected on top of the ice. 
This Muddy Trail Actually Is Ice Underneath (photo by ktl)
Once you get to the edge of the glacier, the glacier itself is the trail, and you are free to explore around and inside the ice. Be extra careful getting inside the glacier since glacier can be very unstable. 
photo by ktl
However, with proper gears and a common sense to be extra careful, one can enjoy exploring the ice. There are many guided glacier hike tours that you can find in Alaska.  
High on Ice
Since we were not experienced ice hikers, we actually availed of guided glacier hike. I will share more about our glacier hike at Matanuska Glacier in a later post. 

7 comments:

  1. wow, there is ice under the muddy trail...like chocolate over creamy milk! this post is making me feel high...with excitement..how i'd love to someday visit Alaska too...by then you will be my guide..will you? :-)

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  2. hi Zen, sure, would would love to be your guide in exploring the great outdoors, actually I am thinking it will be my next career, hopefully, I would still be very strong when I retire to do nature tours. I love trip planning, learning about places and exploring, and it is always a joy to be out playing and learning in our dynamic world and classroom especially with friends such as you.

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  3. What a super adventure. Must be fantastic to do.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. Just cannot imagine what the feeling is when walking on ice.

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  5. Breath taking views !

    I get scared looking at that picture where you were walking in a muddy trail.

    I guess you overcome your fear of heights now Beth ! you were on top of the icy mountain.

    Such a pleasure to watch all these photos !

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  6. beth, after viewing the above photos and reading your post, i have decided to add "glacier hiking" to my bucket list:) what an awesome experience you guys had in alaska! i like the pix of you guys marching single file on that rocky trail that appeared to have some wooden boards (that you were walking on). i bet your adrenaline was pumping and you all were doing your best to be very careful as you went down that trail, knowing that ice was underneath! what a thrilling adventure indeed, beth ... one that i'm sure you and khai and your other hiking companions will treasure for the rest of your lives:) i do hope rog and i - and teyla, too! - get to go on a glacier hike someday. but if we never get the chance, at least i can say i went on a virtual hike by viewing your spectacular glacier photos and reading your exciting description of your recent alaskan adventure:) thank you, beth!

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  7. I like your all information.thanks for sharing this beautiful photoes.it is very interesting.

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