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Get a Taste of Alaskan Mountains at Flute Glacier

You don’t need a bush plane for this Chugach Mountains hike.

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This is the closest glacier to Anchorage, but you won’t find crowds because there isn’t a trail after the halfway point, says Alaska veteran and longtime BACKPACKER field editor Steve Howe. The 19-mile round-trip follows the Eagle River to the toe of the Flute Glacier—and campsites and great views.