Byron Glacier

Girdwood, Alaska

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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 Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best June through early October
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, PO Box 129, 145 Forest Station Rd., Girdwood, AK 99587; (907) 783- 3242; www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-5 (SW); National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Byron Glacier

Recent Trail Reviews

5/30/2011
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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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