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    Default Hogfamily day trip to the Matanuska Glacier.

    The Matanuska Glacier is about a two hour drive from Anchorage. The last time I was there was about 25 years ago. My family has never been there, (yea, I know, bad hogdaddy).

    The turn off for the glacier is at mile 102 look for the Glacier Park Resort. There is a short well maintained road to the office where you pay to cross private property to get to the start of the trail to the glacier.



    The fee is $20 per person 12 years old and up, ($15 for Alaskans), $10 for under 12. If you want a guided tour it is $50 per person, ($35 11 and under), this includes a guide and safety gear; crampons, walking stick, and helmet. That is $50 pp whether you have 1 or 10 there is no group rate. The guided tour is about two hours. There is not any safety gear or crampons available for rent.

    The gravel road from the gift shop is in good condition even for an RV. There are camping spots for RVs and tents along the road.



    There is a large parking area at the trailhead. The trail to the glacier is well marked with orange cones. There are a couple of small stream crossings that have metal bridges over them so no wet feet. The trail to where you actually can stand on the ice is about a quarter of a mile, well maintained, and fairly easy with only a few steep places, watch out for loose rocks. We saw several people in their seventies making the hike, go slow and watch your step. Of course that did not happen with our boys until we got on the glacier and I let them peer over the edge of a large crack and they saw how far down it was, then they were a little more careful.


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    Hogfamily day trip to the Matanuska Glacier continued....

    The trail to the glacier.









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    Hogfamily day trip to the Matanuska Glacier continued....

    We spent about two hours exploring the glacier. We had a great time.









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    Hogfamily day trip to the Matanuska Glacier continued....


    Find a quiet spot and just listen for a while you will hear the glacier move it sounds like quiet thunder.


    Some suggestion to make your Matanuska Glacier adventure more enjoyable:

    Bring warm clothes in layers including water resistant gloves, sturdy hiking boots, a day pack; some snacks and water have a mini picnic on the ice.



    Next we had dinner at Sheep Mountain Lodge; Good food and a great staff.








    On the way home we found the biggest marshmallows ever!




    We highly recommend a trip to the Matanuska Glacier!



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