55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr. (The Mountaineers Books)
© Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr./The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Wow! Thousands of people every day rush to the Prince Edward Sound and miss this true gem of a trail. To reach the trailhead you need to go through the 2 mile tunnel from Bear Valley to Wittier. Once through the tunnel, you will pass a restroom on the right, and not long after that, an un-marked dirt road, on the right, across the railroad tracks. (Going toward the tunnel, leaving Whittier, there is a sign.) The trail is only about a mile long, on a well kept trail with small to medium size aggregate. If it's dry (kinda rare in Whittier), your basic tennis/athletic shoe is your best bet because the softer sole grips the trail better. If it's raining, stick with hiking shoes. What is so great about this trail is that it isn't very crowded; we only passed about three couples up and back. To the top and back takes about an hour and half, depending upon abilities. Going straight up the trail leads to an unbelievable view of Portgage Glacier. At the top, but the opposite direction, is a view of Whittier and Prince Edward Sound. There is even a wooden bench at that point. We saw additional trails that we assumed could be taken for a longer hike, perhaps to the glacier/lake itself. A truly wonderful little hike. We took the hike and then had a nice lunch at the port of Whittier looking over the water. Enjoy!
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