Bird Ridge Trail

OutAndBack • 6 mi • 3450 ft

A half-day or long day hike to the crest of Bird Ridge, overlooking Turnagain Arm. The hike up Bird Ridge, the ridge between Indian and Bird Creeks, offers a chance to see the Anchorage area’s first mountain wildflowers of the year; the ridge is steep and south-facing, so the snow melts early in spring. The sweeping views of alpine mountains, green valleys, and shimmering Turnagain Arm from the ridge are about as good as scenery gets. Locals use the Bird Ridge Trail as a tune-up hike early in the year. It’s an extremely steep trail, so consider taking a staff or ski poles, and be ready for sore quads the next day if this is your first hike of the year. If snowfields still linger on the ridge, there is usually a trail of packed snow to follow. The ridge is exposed and usually windy, so even if the weather is good at the trailhead, pack a hat, gloves, and warm and windproof clothing. Special features: A very steep trail; fine views of Turnagain Arm.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: 3,450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderately Strenuous to Strenuous
Season: Mid-May to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 3,505 feet
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-7 (NORTHWEST) and Anchorage A-7; Alaska Road and Recreation Map Anchorage and Vicinity.
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This is a tough hike straight up hill. Nothing technical, but a hard climb. Despite that when you you do get to the top, its well worth the energy. I highly recomend this trail to anyone looking for a challenging, yet strenous day hike.

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