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The Matanuska Glacier is a so called Valley Glacier. The glacier is easily accessible by road from the Glenn Highway and is about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage. The active glacier has a length of 25 miles and flows at a speed of 12 inches a day down from the Chugach Mountains. The average width is about 2 miles and the terminus of the glacier is 4 miles wide. A river with the same name, the Matansuka River, sources at the terminus of the glacier..
Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site
A picnic at the terminus is an absolute must before or after a glacier hike!
The Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site is easily accessible by car and from the parking area/ camp site it is only a 20 minute walk to the ice. A walk on the glacier is a spectacular experience!