Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
You don't have to devote a half-day to enjoy the incredible view from the "summit" of this pass trail. A mere 20-minute walk from the trailhead (with only a moderate rise in elevation--I've seen Grandma "hike" this first part of the trail quite easily) brings you to a fantastic view of the Harding Icefield, Portage Glacier and (looking back) the western edge of Prince William Sound. You can, of course, continue down the trail to a small lake, and "bushwhack" your way to the larger Portage Lake itself. THAT will take you the better part of a day. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a "Girdwood" trail. It is a Whittier trail. Girdwood is quite a distance from this trail, while Whittier is literally just around the bend from the trail. Whittier, however, is not an overnight spot for most travelers wanting more comfortable lodging. If you want a wide selection of accommodation, you will want to choose Girdwood. Please also be aware that road access to this trail is through a one-lane shared vehicle/railroad tunnel ($12 auto toll) from Portage.
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