Explore Portage Glacier
Portage Glacier, which lies within the Chugach National Forest, is easily accessible (though not visible) from the Portage Highway and through a tunnel that takes visitors to Whittier by road or train. While the glacier was once within viewing distance from the road, it recedes an average of a foot a day. Witness the effects of glacial activity from the Begich Boggs Visitor Center that’s built on the terminal moraine from Portage Glacier and overlooks hanging mountainside glaciers. Visit the simulated ice cave, touch an iceberg or view live ice worms. From the visitor center, forest service interpreters take visitors on leisurely hikes along the nearby Byron Glacier Trail. Hike along Portage Pass Trail to reach the glacier itself or park along the Portage Glacier Access Road and touch the chunks of icebergs that wash ashore. Embark on a one-hour boat tour to cruise through the iceberg-dotted Portage Lake or paddle to the face of the glacier on stand-up paddleboards or in a kayak.
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