Byron Glacier

Girdwood, Alaska 99693

Byron Glacier

Byron Glacier Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail is an easy, fully-accessible trail traveling along a glacial
creek, through lush forest and ending with a stunning view of the Byron Glacier. Portage Valley is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Alaska, but don’t let that scare you away. The valley’s blue ice and glacial scenery is outstanding, and many visitors simply stop at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, enjoy the surroundings a bit, and leave for the next attraction. If you stick around for a short hike to Byron Glacier, you’ll be glad you did. Bring rain gear along, however, in case the valley’s frequent, pelting rains strike while you’re on the trail."

Byron Glacier Trip Reports

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BE ADVISED: this trail has been mismarked (submitting correction to editors). This is the Portage Pass Trail. Byron Glacier Trail is located near the Portage Glacier Visitors Center. Portage Pass Trail is located several miles east of Byron Glacier. Restricted access from the Visitors Center is through a tunnel ($12 car).

The trail itself is quite easy. (I've seen plenty of non-hikers use the trail.) It takes just 20 min. to reach the high point of the trail with a reward of an incredible view of Portage Glacier.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best June through early October
Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, PO Box 129, 145 Forest Station Rd., Girdwood, AK 99587; (907) 783- 3242;
Local Contacts
USGS Seward D-5 (SW); National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps

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