Bird Ridge

Indian, Alaska 99540

Bird Ridge

Bird Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Bird Ridge is an ideal introduction to the rigors and rewards of hiking in Chugach State Park. After a steep ascent to tree line, views of Turnagain Arm and the park’s wild interior come quickly and dramatically.

Due to its southern exposure, Bird Ridge emerges early from its winter hibernation, attracting spring hikers while surrounding mountains remain blanketed by snow. Expect to see plenty of other hikers enjoying the sunny evenings."

More Bird Ridge Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is the classic spring conditioning hike, snow-free earlier than many other places because of its southern exposure. The earliest spring flowers can be found here too.

Take a picnic lunch, climb as high as you like, stretch out on the ground, and enjoy the warm sunshine and rich smell of earth—all while surrounding mountains remain cloaked in white. The hike is steep but worth the effort because of its sweeping view of fjord-like Turnagain Arm."

Bird Ridge Reviews

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Great hike to start the season. Brutally steep at first, but with extremely rewarding views. Some traffic noise for the first 1/3 of trail. Watch out for bears!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
7 to 10 hours
Best in the summer months
Chugach State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Anchorage A-7, Seward D-7
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018