Here's our guide of what to see there. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Actually; you guys made me sign a form saying that you WERENT liable for any injuries, and that I cant sue you, etc. The glacier itself is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide making it the largest glacier in the United States that is accessible by car. Paid $100 for a guided hike. Beginning in a subdivision across the Matanuska River from Palmer, this nearly 6-mile-long trail runs up some 5,700 vertical feet. Located off of the Glenn Highway is a stunning hike that brings you to the top of Lion’s Head. It is worth the money and soooo beautiful. 9/10. About 3 hours walking by the glacier. You will see a small grocery store on your right with a road just after it. The recreation site has 12 campsites on a gravel loop road, water pump, toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. Reviewed 31 August 2019 . Its not really a "self guided" tour if that's the shit I got to deal with. Your destination is the 6,119-foot summit of Matanuska Peak, the very prominent rock spire that fills the sky just east of Palmer. Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site is adjacent to the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway at milepost 101. The Matanuska Glacier is completely accessible - right up to the face of the glacier - for only $30pp. Top Elevation. Trail Type. do at your own risk. The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, managed by Long Rifle Lodge, is located one mile south of the Lodge at Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. The recreation site has 12 campsites on a gravel loop road, water pump, toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. It is rough and steep and a bit harrowing but otherwise fine. From US$ 255.39* More Info. I could upload about 100 amazing pictures for this hike, but limited to 8, so I tried to pick the best. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Take a right on that road and head down into the valley. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the glacier, a vast river of ice surrounded by snowy peaks and wilderness. The Matanuska Glacier ~ Dall Sheep ~ An Ancient Volcano Just a few of the spectacular sights that surround Alaska's Grand View Cafe & RV Park. The Matanuska Glacier is a large ice flow, 24 miles long and 4 miles wide at the terminus, averaging about 2 miles in width – Matanuska is also a valley glacier, meaning it exists on a valley floor. A campsite is located at the entrance if you care to stay overnight, but this can be done in an afternoon. Matanuska Glacier is the largest glacier assessable by car located about 2 hours north of Anchorage tucked between the Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges. We went out there with NOVA guides, it was an excellent tour. Bengaluru, India 546 contributions 54 helpful votes +1. Come visit our Alaska RV Park and Alaska Campground at the base of Sheep Mountain Reserve and experience the excitement of viewing Dall sheep and wildlife from your full service Alaska RV Park site. Matanuska Glacier Adventures: Hiking with glacier and fox trails! ★ Snow machine trails The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, managed by Long Rifle Lodge, is located one mile south of the Lodge at Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. We are staying near Palmer, so about 1 hour away from the glacier and would hate to drive all the way over there needlessly. Private Sightseeing Tours. Matanuska Glacier is 4 miles wide and 27 miles long. It’s hard to beat the majestic Matanuska for highway-accessible glacier views. If I pay 30 dollars to see something the earth created I should be able to explore it as i please. Ruta con crampones por el Glaciar de Matanuska, Alaska. Matanuska Glacier Walk. It’s only a small pull-out on the side of the highway, but this is the closest viewpoint of the Matanuska Glacier. To the south of Glacier Park is Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, a 229-acre recreation area located adjacent to the Glenn Highway at Mile 101. Aditya_salian wrote a review Oct. 2019. An employee that was standing there for hours (probably to specifically watch people) said I couldnt go that far unless I was with the tour guides. I came back to visit and it was on my bucket list to do. Super easy and flat trail. Seeing the ice melt right below our feet was a great teaching moment for our two boys about the importance of protecting our environment and reducing our carbon foot-print. They give you all the equipment you need for this tour and during the tour they answer questions about glacier formation. Chickaloon River Trail to Talkeeta River Trail. everyone should do it at least once, esp tourists. Just past mile 97, the bright white of the Matanuska glacier lights up the horizon. I was raised in Alaska and had never hiked onto the glacier. The trail is easier. From US$ 286.94* More Info. The scenery is stunning and the views of this hunk of ice don’t disappoint! Out and Back . Difficulty. Way overpriced, in mg opinion... Review of Matanuska Glacier. Directions to Matanuska Glacier From Anchorage Drive north from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway. Others started showing up as we were leaving. From US$ 969.24* More Info Chasegriph. The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, managed by Long Rifle Lodge, is located one mile south of the Lodge at Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. I would recommend staying in either Palmer or Wasilla (say hi to Sarah Palin if you do!) Matanuska Glacier Private Tour. Elevation Gain. Breathtakingly awesome! The recreation site has 12 campsites on a gravel loop road, water pump, toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. Mallika Ranjan / AllTrails Alaska State Park or America the Beautiful National Park Passes do not cover entry. Matanuska Glacier is a valley glacier in the US state of Alaska. Walking on a glacier bottom and getting that close was a very unique and interesting experience. It is on private land and the owner changes $30 per person to pass through the gate. Explore the most popular trails in Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. NBH Tip. Our trip to Alaska would not be complete without walking on a glacier. The site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions. Date Hiked. This valley glacier is found in the Mat-Su Valley and ends in the Matanuska River. I wasnt even trying to go miles deep over the glacier like I would have, just to get a better view that others got to see. It’s also my favorite glacier in the world, which is why I wanted to share with you everything you need to know before visiting the Matanuska Glacier! The Matanuska Glacier Trail in Glacier View, Alaska is a gorgeous, easy hike in for those wanting to see and experience some of the most amazing features in Alaska. Trail. The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site, managed by Long Rifle Lodge, is located one mile south of the Lodge at Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. All reviews guided tour mica guides private property ice climbing glenn highway marked trail hiking boots orange cones per adult self guided black rice entry fee blue ice state park mat su unique experience highlight of our trip once in a lifetime crampons spikes helmets glacier. N/A . Length.