"Portage Glacier" Portage Glacier Tip by worldtrekker

Portage Glacier, Anchorage: 13 reviews and 20 photos


Take a trip south to Portage Glacier Recreation Area in Chugach National Forest.
This is an incredible spot with often very blue icebergs in fantastic shapes. It's a very popular stop. There's a few very short, easy trails which you can hike on. Watch out for the occasional bear!
From the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center there is a gorgeous view of this glacial lake and icebergs. The visitor center is worth a look.
From the visitor center, you can also continue on through a toll tunnel (new in 2001) to Whittier where you can catch the ferry to Valdez. Before this tunnel was built, you had to load your vehicle onto a flat-bed train to get to Whittier. This is how I remembered it from my previous trip in 1996. It's definately quicker and cheaper with the tunnel.
For more info about the area call the Glacier Ranger District Office in Girdwood: (907) 783-3242.

Address: 50 miles/80 km southeast of Anchorage
Directions: Drive the Seward Highway south to Milepost 79.1 and turn off onto the Portage Glacier Access Road. About 5 miles/8kms later you'll be at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center.
Phone: (907) 783-2326 (summer)

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2002
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