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Mile Marker 60.1 — 114.9 Sutton to Majestic Valley Lodge

Sutton to the Majestic Lodge, along the mighty Matanuska River, 54 miles of the most beautiful part of the Glenn Highway. Nestled between the Chugach and Talkeenta Mountain Ranges, Visit the Historic Alpine Park. Athabascan Culture Exhibits, native music, dancing and storytelling. Madwater River Rafting. Stop at Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café’s petting zoo with over 100 animals. Gifts Stores, Antiques Shops, Native Art, gold panning, hiking, Geo-Caching Maps at the Sutton Visitors Center. The Matanuska Glacier, the only glacier accessible by car, Walk on A Glacier. Glacier Trekking & Ice climbing with Mica Guides, View wildlife, Dall sheep. Comfortable lodging, at Tundra Rose Guest Cottages, Grand View Café & RV Park , Sheep Mt. Lodge, Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge & Matanuska Lodge,…So Much To Do !

 

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· Mile 60.1

· Sutton Visitors Center

· Alpine Historical Park

· Jonesville Café & General Store

· Riverside Deli & Grocery

· Matanuska Madwater Rafting

· Mile 70

· Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café

· Mile 77

· Chickaloon General Store

· Mile 99.5

· The Matanuska Lodge

· Mile 102

· Matanuska Glacier Park

· Mile 102.5

· Mica Guides — Trekking & Ice Climbing

· Mile 109.5

· Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

· Mile 109.7

· Grand View Café & RV Park

· Mile 113.5

· Sheep Mountain Lodge

· Mile 114.9

· Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge

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Mile Marker 60.1

clip_image026Jonesville Café & General Store:  Open Daily year round, grocery, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, espresso, beer on tap. Gifts, internet wireless, laundry, bathrooms w/ hot showers. ATM ,Ice, firewood, propane, easy access semi’s, trailers. 907 746-7461 or email : Rebecca_hobbs@msn.com for more information. Web site http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

 

Mile Marker 60.1

Alpine Inn  Open 10AM to 1AM — Beer, Wine, Full Bar, pool tables, music, outdoor deck, group events, live music events, banquets. 907 745 – 9595

 

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clip_image010  Alpine Historical Park: 

Open 9AM to7PM Daily May 31—Sept. 15

Historical Buildings, Athabascan Winter Lodge Exhibit, Coal Mining Relics, Local Fossils, Gardens, Picnic Area, Tour Bus Access, Playground & Restrooms. Coal Miner’s Hall of Fame, 14 miles east of Palmer. One hour from Anchorage, groups events & weddings. 907 745-7000

Web Site www.alpinehistoricalpark.org

Email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com 

 

Sutton — Visitors Center: Located at the Alpine Historical Park

Open daily, Information, internet, brochures, Geo-Caching, hiking trails, camping, fishing, 4—wheel, cross country skiing maps. Reservations for local activities and lodging. Call 907 745-1716

Email suttonvisitors@hotmail.com 

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Riverside Deli & Grocery: Open Daily 7AM to 9PM Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, fully stocked grocery store, video rentals, gifts, ATM, Ice, Propane, Take out menu, Great Deli Sandwiches. Daily Specials. Call Ahead 907 746 — 3354

 

Mile Marker 65.1

Madwater 

Madwater Rafting: Mile 65.1 Open Daily Open [June – August]   Whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking available on multiple trips daily.  Enjoy our scenic, splashy "Fun Run."  It’s a great day to be on the water with Matanuska Madwater! “Need a Good Paddling “ 1-888-MAD-RAFT

Web: www.matanuskamadwater.com.

 

Mile Marker 70

clip_image024Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café: Mile 70 26616 N. Glenn Hwy. Open Year round Breakfast all day lunch & Dinner specials daily & full menu. RV Hook-Ups, Gifts Shop, Antiques, largest antique tractor collection in Alaska. Bathrooms with hot showers, laundry, Petting Zoo with over 100 Animals. Caravans and Trucks welcome.

Call for reservations: 907 746-6531 Email: pinnaclepeak@mtaonline.net

 

Mile Marker 77

Chickaloon General Store: Near MP 77 on the Glenn Highway. The Chickaloon Historical Room shows photos of the Coal Mining community. Breathtaking views of King & Castle Mountain. Locally owned and operated. Local Alaskan gifts made of fur, fleece, leather, bone, antler, skulls, river rocks & gems. Laundry, showers, propane, gas and everything for your camping, hiking and BBQ needs. Stop in for a snack and a chat! Call 907 746-1801

 

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Communities On The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway@

Sutton Visitors Center

Email  suttonvisitors@hotmail.com

Web Site  https://visitalaska.wordpress.com

907 745 –1716

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Mile Marker 99.5

The Matanuska Lodge

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The Matanuska Lodge: Mile 99.5 Four beautifully decorated rooms w/private baths, a 7 person deck located hot tub, a game room w/pool table & exercise equip.  Splendid views of on site private 40 acre lake with paddle boats and canoes, w/ The Matanuska Glacier at your doorstep.  Daily Breakfast & Hors d’oeuvres w/special Continental fare, Dinner by request. Big screen TV, Wireless Internet. Private bath robes, hairdryers, and lighted makeup mirrors. Radiant heat floors & ceiling fans, total blackout shades.  Wildlife that visits & a spotting scope for viewing Dahl sheep from a picnic area & fire pit. Near Mica Glacier Guides & Nova rafters. The Matanuska Lodge, a resort for all seasons, w/activities to enjoy any time of year. For The Discriminating Traveler.

34301 W. Glenn Hwy. 99674 Phone: 907 746-0378 

Web Site: www. Matanuska Lodge.com  

Email: nuska1@mac.com

 

Mile Marker 102

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The Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier: Mile 102 “Walk on a Glacier” Guided Tours, Hiking. The average person takes about fifteen minutes to walk ”back in time to the ice age”.  Everyone has seen Glaciers from boats, aircraft, highways and in books and films.  Our tours give you a outstanding hands on experience & also ties other information together in a deeper understanding. Call 888 253-448

Email blueice@mtaonline.net

 

Mile Marker 102.5

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Exposure Alaska & Mica Guides : Mile 102.5 " Discover glacier hiking, trekking and ice climbing on the blue ice of the Matanuska Glacier. Explore crevasses, pools, towering ice formations and hidden lakes. Just about anyone can enjoy glacier treks with our experienced guides.  No experience is necessary for any of our trips.  Whether you’re a first time visitor to a glacier or seeking an introduction to the vertical world of ice and mountaineering, we have an adventure for you! For Reservations : 907 351– 7587 800 956-6422

Email: info@micaguides.com

Web Site: www. micaguides.com

Mile Marker 109.5

tundra Rose

Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

MP 109.5 Three quality guest cottages in a relaxing nature setting with unobstructed Matanuska glacier views, kitchenettes, coffee makers, gas fireplaces, private baths, private decks/ patios and cable TV. Located at the base of sheep mountain, Dahl sheep can be viewed on the surrounding mountains. Dining and Laundry services nearby.

Web Site www.tundrarosecabins.com  Email info@tundrarosecabins.com

907 745 5865  If calling long distance from within Alaska, call 1-800-315 5865 for reservation.

 

Mile Marker 109.7

Grand view Cafe 

Grand View RV Park & Café

MP 109.7 Is your dining and RV camping destination while entering or exiting Alaska. Relax in our log café, which features hearty home style meals and brick oven baked pizza. Full service pull-through RV sites have 30/50 amp electric with delicious spring water. The only RV park with commercial cable TV and WI-FI at every site! Spectacular panoramic mountain views, Dahl sheep and other wildlife viewing. 15 Minutes to the Matanuska glacier by car.

Web Site www.grandviewrv.com  Email info@grandviewrv.com

907 746 4480 summer phone

 

Mile Marker 113.5 sheep mt 

Sheep Mountain Lodge: Mile 113.5 11 Comfortable cabins w/private bath. Full service restaurant, hot tub & sauna. "Premium guest cabins with kitchens." Breathtaking views of the Matanuska River Valley. Diverse recreational trails for hiking & cross country skiing. Wildlife Viewing, easy access for RV’s & Buses.

Web Site www.sheepmountain.com    Email info@sheepmountain.com

Toll Free 877 645-5121

 

Mile Marker 114.9

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Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge: Mile 114.9

A Serene Wilderness amidst Alaska’s Chugach & Talkeenta Mountains. Comfortable Rooms and Cabins. Summer & Winter Activities. Convenient location to Denali & Wrangell St. Elias National Parks. Wildlife Viewing. Perfect for weddings, retreats & special events.

Web Site www.majesticvalleylodge.com  Email info@majesticvalleylodge.com

907 746-2930 Fax 907 746-2931

 

Communities On The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway@

Sutton Visitors Center

Email  suttonvisitors@hotmail.com

Web Site  https://visitalaska.wordpress.com

907 745 –1716

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Where You Go –

Geocaching is a relatively new sport that has become popular with the advent of easy-to-use Global Positioning Satellite receivers (GPSr). Players create and hide containers (known as caches) with a logbook, and depending on the container, items for trade. Their coordinates are recorded with a GPS, and the cache is posted on a website, along with a description and other useful information. The seekers load these coordinates into their GPS, and head out to find the cache.

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You will start at The Alpine Historical Park in Sutton at Mile 61.5 on

The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway.

Stop by to pick-up maps and coordinates!

Open May – Sept.

Email for more information

alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com

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There are over 1000 geocaches in Alaska, in every part of the state. Many are located in relatively populated areas, in municipal parks or other easily accessible locations. Others are located along the highway system in Alaska, and guests could literally find dozens of geocaches every day as they travel through the state. A few are located in very challenging areas, and require considerable physical skill and specialized equipment, such as climbing gear or a boat to find.

Alaskan geocachers do a very good job of placing caches in particularly interesting locations, so that their fellow players can discover and enjoy some of Alaska’s more spectacular sights and experiences while searching for geocaches.

What You See

Alaska’s scenery is spectacular almost everywhere you go. A visitor might plan a trip to Alaska with the goal of geocaching every day, or perhaps plan a vacation in Alaska and travel around, and visit geocaches that he or she comes across along the way. For example, there are literally dozens of geocaches on the road between Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. In either case, the geocaching guest can expect spectacular scenery and some very creative geocaches.

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A winter view of Mt. Eska taken near a geocache along the Glenn Highway near Sutton, Alaska.

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What You Bring

Of course, a geocacher will always have his or her GPS receiver with them. Fortunately, Alaska is very well connected to the Internet, so if a guest had a laptop computer, one could easily connect to the geocaching.com website to download coordinates of caches. Since geocaching is an outdoor sport, all of the usual gear that you would need for a walk in the woods is appropriate, such as insect repellent, rain gear, appropriate footwear, etc. Also, since Alaska has a large number of large wild animals that wander the woods, a knowledge of safe outdoor travel and what to do when confronted with a large animal is also very useful.

We are very familiar with the sport (this is one of our personal hobbies), and we would he happy to assist you with planning an Alaskan vacation that would include geocaching, either as a casual diversion while here, or as a geocaching safari.

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2009 Tesoro Iron Dog Underway

Published on Sunday, February 8, 2009 11:11 PM AKST

The 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog got underway Sunday on Big Lake. To the cheers of a couple hundred spectators 38 out of the 39 registered teams screamed off the starting line after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waved the green starting flag. Team 30 of Andy Lachinski and Mark Brown scratched due to an injury. According to the Iron Dog web site the team of Bradly Helwig and Eric Quam were the first into the Ophir checkpoint and back on the trail to Nikolai followed closely by the team of Andy George and Dwayne Drake. For complete up to the minute race standing visit www.irondog.org. For photos from today’s start visit the Frontiersman photo gallery. Watch for a complete story and interviews in Tuesday’s print edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

 

Tesoro Iron Dog competitor Tyler Aklestad heads off Big Lake and Into the wood at the start of the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog Sunday.

 

 

Iron Dog racer Mike Morgan hits a bump as he speeds across Big Lake during the start of the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog. ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman

The COOLEST thing you can do in Alaska!

Ice Climbing

 

Exploring The Matanuska Glacier

Walk on a glacier!

Here’s your chance to get out and actually walk on the blue ice of a spectacular Alaska glacier. You’ll use mountaineering crampons to explore the stunning ice formations, get some great photos and learn about the natural history of the area carved by rivers of ice.

The Matanuska Glacier is perhaps the most accessible in Alaska, in fact we can drive right up to it and be on the blue ice in about 15 minutes of easy hiking. This 26-mile long river of ice provides you the opportunity to really see a glacier up close, as opposed to just viewing it from a boat, plane or highway!

Many of our scheduled trips include glacier trekking, about 3 hours of exploration on the ice. Some trips add ice climbing making a full day out on the ice and an unforgettable experience.

Glacier Trekking and Ice Climbing is in conjunction with our partners at MICA Guides on the Matanuska Glacier.

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The Matanuska Glacier is one of the few Alaskan glaciers accessible by car.

It is located 2 hours NE of Anchorage at Mile 102 of the Glenn Highway.

With just a short hike, you can be standing on an enormous river of ice, exploring the natural wonders of the majestic glacier.

Glacier hiking is an all weather activity. However, when the weather is bad in and around Anchorage, it is often sunny on the glacier. This is due to a phenomena in which the cold air off the glacier forces the warm valley air upward and into the surrounding peaks causing a weather hole.

So come to the sunny Matanuska Glacier for an unforgettable experience.

 

Plan your Glacier Adventure (reservations, directions, what you need & more)

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