Byron Glacier Trail

EASY 74 reviews
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Byron Glacier Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately 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 birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

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.

15 hours ago

easy stroll.

hiking
5 days ago

9 days ago

Easy walk where you can get right up to the glacier. Beautiful views of the mountain range with many other hanging glaciers that are visible. We even walked onto the glacier.

12 days ago

This was a super easy trail, not a lot of elevation. The glacier was beautiful and could get right up to it. Had to cross a rock field and some parts of the glacier were slippery, but it was worth it. I usually like a lot of elevation, but the glacier was worth the flat trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Great views the entire way, and a completely flat trail, anyone can do it.

hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorite easy hikes near Anchorage. Doesn't feel that long and once you get to the end you can touch the lowest parts of the glacier. I enjoy bringing out of state guests here.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, easy to find, easy to follow. Nothing difficult about it. Climbed up onto a large snow mound below the actual glacier. Great views, family friendly.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. Easy walk for all ages. Plus, the glacier is just stunning to see.

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1 month ago

Not overly trafficked but clear and easy to follow. Led to a snowy patch below a glacier. Lovely!!!

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1 month ago

Nice hike. Spectacular

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2 months ago

Great hike with kids and elderly.