Glacier City Rafting & Hiking is excited to provide glacier rafting and hiking trips in the amazing Portage Valley throughout the Chugach National Forest. We specialize in small group adventures that are suitable for all experience levels and ages! Come take a raft, hike, or combine them both for an unforgettable Alaskan experience.
All of our trips are run by tenured guides with over 25 years of experience – your maximum enjoyment is our personal challenge and your safety is our utmost priority!
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Experience this unique adventure to Portage Glacier with our small group tour. How we get there is part of the adventure! Your group can raft across the 3 mile lake if conditions allow or hike Portage Pass then hop into a raft for a more intimate glacier experience. We want to customize this trip to your group’s abilities and get the most out of this spectacular area. Plan for a 5-7hr excursion with us, lunch and snacks provided, wear waterproof hiking shoes and bring waterproof layers. Extra layers and backpacks available upon request. Departure time is 730am from Girdwood. Minimum booking is 2, maximum is 12.
Take in the views of vast mountain peaks, alpine glaciers and lush forests as we float down Portage River from Portage Lake. Your guide will interpret the glaciated landscape as you sit back and relax keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Portage Valley boasts a healthy population of black bear, moose, eagles and even an elusive wolf pack. Later in summer, salmon spawn in the clear creeks enriching the entire valley with nutrients. Enjoy a hot beverage and snack floating down the river with your small group. This is an accessible Alaskan adventure for all (not whitewater) and great for ages 2-102. Tour time is 3hrs from Girdwood meet. We love the morning time on the river, but you can choose a 9am, 11am, 1pm or 3pm departure. Ask us how to add guaranteed wildlife to your tour!
Explore the Chugach National Forest by foot and we will take you to the best trail for your adventure level, all abilities welcome! Hike through old and new growth forests, under alpine glaciers and glacial streams. Our interpretative hike will leave you in awe of the power of glacier ice that created this area. Alaskan views don’t get much better than this and your guide will be sure to stop for more picturesque spots before or after your hike in Portage Valley! Hot drinks and snacks provided. Choose from a 9am, 11am, 1pm or 5pm departure and plan for a 2-3hr round trip form Girdwood adventure. Ask us how to add guaranteed wildlife to your tour.
"Fabulous experience for my entire family. Super knowledgeable and personable too. My husband, my daughter and I had an absolute ball!"
"This was absolutely amazing! We did the river float and wild rescue conservation experience. We had the best time. Erin and her husband are local guides and know the area so well. They shared their local knowledge with us and showed us the best of what Alaska has to offer."
"Fantastic day on the water, glacier visit and hike in Portage Pass. Knowledgeable, professional, & personable guides. Would raft and hike with them again. Wish there was a way to post pictures."
"Erin and Justin were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Their love for their native Alaska is infectious. We had a great day on the Portage Lake raft and hike excursion and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area."