Portage Glacier – Whittier, Alaska

March 6, 2016

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Unfortunately Portage Glacier is melting and can no longer be seen easily from the road. If you look closely in the picture above, you can see a very small sliver of blue-colored glacier ice peaking out between the two mountains near the lake. This picture was taken before you get to the toll booth.

In order to hike to the glacier, you have to travel through Whittier Tunnel (Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel). The 2.5-mile tunnel is a narrow railroad tunnel which has a “traffic release” every 30 minutes (pictured above), as the bridge only allows for one-way traffic (pictured below).

I was very nervous driving through this bridge and again, drove a little slower than most people. BUT, the view on the other side makes the $13 toll and the nerve-racking drive worth it!

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On the other side of the bridge sits the very small town of Whittier, Alaska. This town sits on Prince William Sound. From Whittier you can take a boat or hike Portage Pass Trail to Portage Glacier. I will be completing the hike another day.  In the winter this town is shut down to all the tourist activities, including the boat rides to Portage Glacier.

I found the following websites helpful for more information:

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.

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