Glacier Bay opens to the north
off Icy Strait and branches for over 60 miles through increasingly
deforested mountains to terminate in bare rock and glacial ice. The
heart of the present Park, Glacier Bay was hidden under a vast ice sheet
when the earliest Europeans paused briefly to chart the adjacent waters
in the late 18th century.
The bay is bordered by the Fairweather mountain range. The
Fairweather range is one of the tallest coastal mountain ranges in the world.
The highest peak in the range is Mt. Fairweather, which is 15,320 feet tall.
Our only complete day at Glacier Bay was spent on an all-day glacier
(boat) tour. The weather started out promising but quickly deteriorated
- you'll see evidence of that in the photos.