Bird Creek Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Bird Creek Trail is a 19.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

19.3 miles 3635 feet Out & Back





Beautiful, one of my favorite Alaskan experiences. $5 Parking Fee at Trailhead.

7 months ago

You certainly earn your views with this hike but so totally worth it! I'm a moderate hiker and brought a friend who has minimal hiking experience. We took lots of breaks, enjoying the views on the way up. If you're not an avid hiker, this is a difficult hike bur not impossible. Plan a full day for hiking and try not to get discouraged by the crazy fitness people running up and down the mountian. Take a nice long break at the top and let the frustrations of all those damn false summits disappear. As mentioned by several others, the hike down is a beast on the knees. I was happy to have my hiking get poles. The feeling of accomplishment after completing this hike and seeing the views make this an absolute must hike.

9 months ago

Because the climb is fairly steep, it doesn't take long to start getting breathtaking views of Turnagain Arm and surrounding mountains. Worth the effort!

9 months ago

This is considered a pretty difficult trail, but is very doable as long as you pace yourself. There is a lot of steep ups and downs, but relatively little scramble. No technical gear needed.The tricky part is it takes a lot longer than you might imagine, there are at least a few false peaks" before you finally reach the top. Also, it's best to hike with someone and bring bear spray. There have been bear attacks on the trail in the past. Finally, there is usually a five dollar parking fee at the trailhead.

If you're hiking it in the winter, you would be wise to bring some crampons or at least yak tracks to dig into the snow and ice. I end med up sliding all the way down. It's a rough hike up, but beautiful!