One of Alaska’s most accessible ice tongues, Matanuska Glacier really does look as if it's about to lick the Glenn Hwy as it stretches from its source in the Chugach Mountains. Well, to be clear, the glacier did look like it was about to lick the highway, but climate change seems to be shrinking this outcrop of ice faster than it can replenish itself. Sigh.
Beyond the glacier, almost 12 miles past Sutton, is the junction with the Fishhook-Willow Rd, which provides access to Independence Mine State Historical Park in Wasilla. The highway then descends into the agricultural center of Palmer.
From Palmer, the Glenn Hwy merges with the George Parks Hwy and continues south to Anchorage, 43 miles away.