Byron Glacier Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 777 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

snow

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. Users have reported winter trail closures, please check ahead before hiking. 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.

snow
3 days ago

Easy walk to scenic glacier. Shallow enough river for young kids to play in safely. We got caught in a little rain and wind, but overall well worth it and doable.

hiking
8 days ago

It was my first time- it was cloudy and rained the whole time. Ha. Its only about a mile to the end of the trail then we hiked across the snow to the rocks and climbed over them. The trail is nicely groomed and very easy.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a really flat, easy trail. There’s still snow, but we were fine in normal hiking shoes. It could be good to have spikes if you want them. It’s sad how far back the glacier has receded.

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no shade
off trail
snow
25 days ago

Definitely snow covered and lots of places where you fall through the snow up to the waist (near the rocks that you need to climb over). We had to carry our 50# dog over the boulders but it was a lot of fun!. Didn't make it to the glacier due to watching 3 avalanches come down.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fun hike. Be careful going up that hike. Earlier in the day would’ve been better. Saw bear tracks near the top where we turned around.

hiking
1 month ago

4/25/20: Entire trail is snowed over- packed in until you get to the boulders and rocks where it’s posthole apocalypse lol. The glacier is beautiful. The river is clear and running so you can have a filter source. You have to walk a mile or so on the road that leads to the trailhead, which is 90% snowed over still. No signs of bears at this time.

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snow
1 month ago

A stunning and easy trail! We went yesterday and recommend snowshoes or xc skis. The road to get to the trail/trail was still very snow covered and we were still falling in up to our waist. If we didn’t have waterproof/ lace up boots, then people were getting a ton of snow in them.

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snow
2 months ago

Went yesterday and it is very snow covered. Byron glacier rd which gets you to the trail head is not plowed and can only be accessed on foot. We parked at the end of the road and then walked 0.7m to the actual trail head sign. It was sunny, above freezing and super windy and others heard cracking so be mindful of avalanches. We went about another 0.5 miles in and then turned back. It was stunning but just a perfect day for avalanches and didnt pack snowshoes so at times were sinking down to my upper thigh if not walking on the super packed snow. Cant wait to come back in a few weeks to get to the glacier!

hiking
closed
snow
2 months ago

Impossible to access trail right now from heavy snow fall.

hiking
4 months ago

Decent trail, once you get to the braided river it can be confusing on what exactly to do, but you must keep on keeping’ on to get close to the glacier.

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icy
off trail
scramble
snow
6 months ago

Loved this trail. Not that hard to walk, no real incline up to the end of it (benches). However, there is incline if you go past the benches and closer to the glacier. Not far but treacherous so it can take a bit. Started off crossing the river onto the left side. It wasn’t that bad but the water & rocks were icy so slipped a few times. The glacier is unreal! Turned around after it began to get dark and snow. We took the opposite side coming back. We went up a pile of rocks. That was a lot more tedious then the other way (ice & snow). Overall, great & take the path to the left side to reach the glacier !

fee
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

Super easy trail to the bench. Then you cross the rocky terrain and little rivers to the ice cave. Part of it has fallen so I wouldn't dare go inside as I hear rocks falling inside.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this in early November. What a beautiful journey! I accidentally took the boulder field- didn’t realize there was a trail to the left of the field. Got extra exercise in! Took the trail back. Hopped across the river along the way- a couple of times. Be strategic!

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy and Very gratifying hike to an incredible valley surrounded by mountains with the Bryon glacier and some ice caves. The trail is well maintained.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Hiked late in day w/ storm moving in. Two Dall sheep perched high above parking lot starred the adventure. Well-maintained easy trail by running stream. Snow fields all receded behind creek. Several access points, one with granite block steps to water’s edge. Beyond trailhead table/bench, crossed Byron Creek twice beyond (serious) rock pile. Hard scrabble but great views until dusk faded. Got within a couple football fields of blue ice field. Began retreat as rain came down. 360 view was remarkable.

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rocky
8 months ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is a super easy trail! When you get to the end you can scramble over some rock piles to get closer to the glacier. It is amazing!

hiking
8 months ago

short and beautiful.

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