We headed down the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm.
Then the cutoff to Portage Glacier.
Getting near the tunnel to Whittier and there's still plenty of blue sky.
|Portage Pass Trailhead|
As you come out of the tunnel toward 'downtown' Whittier, there's a road to your right at the end of the airport runway (on your left). That goes to the trailhead.
We encountered some berry colored bear scat right away.
It's a 750 foot climb. Not a lot compared to a lot of the hikes in Southcentral. But it pretty much just keeps going up. I figure that's like climbing 75 stories. But the view of Prince William Sound got better and better, even on this now, mostly cloudy day.
Now we're almost at the viewpoint.
There were three guys and two dogs there ahead of us.
Here's the view from the viewpoint. And the photo is pretty lame. Between the clouds, the white of the glacier, and shooting into the sun, it was hard to get decent lighting. The view was spectacular. And what you see is not what you see from the visitors' center. This part of the glacier is still down in the water.
Here we are, trying the rocks out.
And then back down. You can also hike down to
the lake in the picture, but we came back.
Beautiful Downtown Whittier. Is this where Nixon went to school?
We got back to the tunnel just in time for the 4 o'clock opening. According to the Department of Transportation, this is the longest Railroad/Highway tunnel in North America.
Then back on the road headed north to Anchorage.
We passed several sets of swans before we got home.