Trek on a Glacier

Descending from the Chugach Mountains and feeding into glacial lakes and rivers, Knik Glacier is one of Alaska’s oldest and most active glaciers. For 600,000 years, its towering ice walls and hanging glaciers have carved the Mat-Su Valley and created Lake George, a National Natural Landmark. This unique phenomenon occurs through a combination of glacial flooding and recessions. As the massive, 25-mile long glacier continues sculpting the landscape, chunks of ice plunge into crystal-blue water that are filled with floating icebergs.

Easily accessible from the Glenn Highway, Knik Glacier is just an hour away from Anchorage by car and allows travelers to venture close enough to touch it on day trips and excursions. Experience Alaska’s backcountry beauty through guided ice climbing, hiking, fat-tire biking and ATV tours or on flightseeing and jet boat excursions. To combine two of Alaska’s most iconic experiences, embark on a dog sledding ride across the ice field.

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