Many people come to Alaska to see glaciers. From the airplane window, you see them dot the landscape below. They dazzle, they amaze, they capture your attention. Spend just one day at a calving glacier and you will find it nearly impossible to tear yourself away.
If a hike is your thing then check out the 3.1 (5 km) hike to Saddlebag Lake where Saddlebag Glacier resides at the far end of the lake. Receding, the glacier is not often viewable in the summer from the trail end, but if you bring a packraft, you could paddle out around the corner to see it. Sheridan Glacier also provides great options for hiking. Or, if you’d prefer a shorter walk, head down the lake trail and you’ll get stunning views of the glacier and lake within 10 minutes. Pick a great picnic spot in the wildflowers or right up and personal with the glacier. A sunny day at Sheridan or Saddlebag Glaciers provides a stunning backdrop for a picnic to remember.
While the Copper River Highway is impassible beyond bridge 339 near 36 mile, driving out to Childs Glacier is not an option. But you can still spend the day exploring the area. Local outfitters offer guided trips to get you there via water or air for a fee. Whichever route you take to spend a day at the glacier, walk, hike, ATV or boat you will have an unforgettable day exploring the world’s richest waters. Check our Business Directory for outfitter listings.