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Portage Glacier by Plum Pine
Portage Glacier by Plum Pine
One of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers, Portage Glacier is the crown jewel in a valley studded with alpine glaciers. Ten stories tall and miles long, the Portage Glacier sits at the far end of a lake accessible by boat tour or hike. The Portage Valley was literally shaped by glaciers and today is a perfect spot for exploring. Although the Portage Glacier is retreating and is no longer visible from the visitors center’s observation decks, the center is an interesting stop thanks to interactive exhibits that let visitors walk through a simulated ice cave, view live ice worms, and touch an iceberg. Hiking trails in the area showcase Portage Valley’s glaciers, steep-sided mountains, and lush forests. The Portage Pass Trail is a two mile hike that leads over a low pass to up-close views of Portage Glacier from the shores of Portage Lake. (Whittier, Alaska, USA)