Glacier Discovery

Alaska Huts has proposed an effort to build a three-hut system that would provide a unique hut-to-hut experience in Southcentral Alaska. Users would ride the Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery train to either the Spencer Glacier or Grandview stops, hike between huts for a few days (or more), then pick up the train for a ride out. The proposed hut system sites provide fantastic opportunities to get up close and personal with several glaciers, great wildlife viewing opportunities, and a true Alaska backcountry experience.

current Status

The proposed hut system is on the Chugach National Forest, so Alaska Huts has been working through the permitting process with the local Glacier Ranger District. In 2012 the US Forest Service issued a planning permit to Alaska Huts and requested a business plan. The planning process over the past few years involved site selection, surveying of proposed sites, avalanche assessments, and building cost estimates. The business plan was submitted in September of 2015, and currently the organization is in negotiations for final permitting processes with Forest Service approval. 


Visitors would either ride the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage or drive 50 miles south to Portage and pick the train up there. From Portage it is just 11 miles to the Spencer Whistle Stop and 20 miles to the Grandview Whistle Stop. On good snow years this is a popular destination for skiers, fatbikers and snowmachiners, but users must transport themselves to the area.