Byron Glacier Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, AK that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
Trail offers an easy walk for all ages. It allows a close-up view of a glacier with rugged, mountains in all directions. A good family outing with a variety of things to do for the whole family. The alder/cottonwood forest is lush with ferns for a serene beginning to the hike. Byron Creek is a cascading, whitewater, glacial creek. The many stones along its bank offer many imaginative activities for children and adults (rock skipping, fort building). Snowfields left from the previous winter's avalanches supply many snowballs for those inclined to a friendly contest. The trail branches in many directions as it nears the snowfields below Byron Glacier. Bouldering on the rocks of the side and terminal moraines can be a challenge. Portage Lake and Valley can be seen looking north from the trail.
This is a well-trafficked, easy trail. If you are in the area, it is well worth a quick hike to see this glacier. The trail is well-defined, with moderate inclines. Watch it at the top, if you decide to go playing about on the glacier and the surrounding boulder fields! I helped a man with broken ribs down to the trail head. It's a mean play ground!
Mostly flat, easy walking trail with a rewarding finish at the glacier. Beautiful views!
Super easy hike that takes you to the toe of a glacier. The glacier is at a higher elevation than the hikes end, so you're looking up at it, but it's still rewarding.
Great little hike. We rock scrambled off trail a bit. It was raining so we had to cross the river to get to the ice. Amazing views
1 mile, flat gravel, to the foot of a glacier.
I've hiked this twice now and both times I was unlucky to get inside one of the glacier ice caves. We're determined to so we'll be visiting some time later this month. I thought the hike was fairly easy. At the end when you get to the glacier, there is a rock climb. Slow and steady when climbing because there are some loose rocks.
It started to rain on us, but the trail was nice and well maintained. It was an easy trail. Nice and scenic!
Well-maintained trail leading to a glacier.
Pretty trail, easy enough for anyone. nothing like seeing and touching a glacier at the end
When we hiked this trail, it was raining..but still beautiful! Really easy trail, and you can walk on the glacier! You shouldn't go far without experience and proper equipment, but at least you can say "I walked on the glacier!" :)
Completed this a few years ago - fantastic trail and view of Byron Glacier. Highly recommend for all ages.