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Matanuska Glacier

The Matanuska Glacier is Alaska’s largest glacier accessible by car. The glacier is reached at Mile 102 on the Glenn Highway, a two hour drive from Anchorage. Access is via a private campground and resort at Mile 102.

There is a Glacier access fee of $25, which allows you to take a self-guided hike or you can hire a local guide that will share their knowledge of the area and provide glacier trekking equipment including crampons, helmets and poles.

At Mile 101 on the Glenn Highway you’ll find the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site. The recreation site has 12 campsites on a gravel loop road, water pump, toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. A Nature Trail leads 20-minute through the forest to glacier viewing platforms. Summer activities include hiking, glacier trekking and river rafting. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snow machining. Although no access is provided to the glacier from the recreation site, it provides some of the safest and best public viewing opportunities within the area.