Colony Glacier Moraine Route
ElevationAscent: 353' 108 m
Descent: -352' -107 m
High: 352' 107 m
Low: 199' 61 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A fun place to hike between the Knik and Colony Glaciers. The views are amazing.”— Matt Freeman
At about 1.5 miles, you'll notice prominent large rocks resting on the tallest part of the moraine. This is a good place to take a shortcut through the low brush and alders to the top of the moraine. Continue along the hard-packed clay toward the outflow from Lake George.
Once at the river, head upstream and stay close to the bank. There you'll find holes in the alder and eventually reach an open area with twisted vine and a short landing strip. Pass the landing strip, and continue onto where the level part of the gravel bar ends, at about 3.1 miles. There is a view of the Lake George outflow joining another river.
To the left, find the clearing in the alders with a path that climbs to the top of the moraine. Here is where you reverse direction, and get your first view of Colony Glacier and Lake George, usually filled with ice.
There are several walls of alders on the return. Generally, stay on the top of the moraine and look for surveyor tape, cut brush, or other human activity to find the trail through the several walls of alder. "Mud Strip" will be visible from the top of the moraine. Look for stacks of rocks and a path that leads through the alders to complete the loop.
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