Hubbard Glacier, AK - Cruising

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End May 30, 2008

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska extending 76 miles from its source on Mt. Logan in the Yukon. The cliff face you sail along is over six miles wide, 300 to 400 feet from the top to sea level and 300 feet from sea level to the bottom. As Hubbard is advancing, it creaks and groans as it moves and is a very actively calving glacier. This makes for some exciting moments when the huge chunks of ice crash into the Bay creating a wonderful sound called 'white thunder' by the Tlingit people.

Situated at the head of Yakutat Bay, in Disenchantment Bay, the sail up to Hubbard is both leisurely and beautiful. Small ice bergs, sometimes with sea birds or seals resting on them, float in the water which is glacial blue. Seals calve on the ice bergs here as Orca whales do not visit the bay.

The smaller Turner Glacier adjacent to Hubbard is overshadowed by its neighbour.

Hubbard is my favourite glacier because of its size and remote location as well as the active calving that takes place during your visit.

Regarding names: According to "Alaska's Place Names" Hubbard Glacier "was named in 1890 by Russell of the US Coast & Geological Survey for Gardiner G. Hubbard, 1822-97, Massachusetts lawyer and educator, regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and founder and first president of the National Geographic Society, which office he held from 1888 until his death. Interested in exploration of Alaska, he helped in instigating Russell's 1890 and 1891 expeditions, which were sponsored jointly by the National Geographic Society and the U. S. Geological Survey."

"Mt. Hubbard, 14,950 feet on the Alaska-Canada border was also named by Russell in honor of Gardiner G. Hubbard."

Links to Hubbard Glacier-related sites:
Fr. Bernard Hubbard, SJ, (1888 -1962), the 'Glacier Priest':
-->U.S.Forest Service:
Tongass National Forest Web Site:

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