Byron Glacier Trail

EASY 97 reviews
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Byron Glacier Trail is a 3.2 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
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
777 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

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. 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.

hiking
17 days ago

i love this glacier super easy and doable for any person.. trail is pretty visible you just have to go over two hills and boom you are there.

29 days ago

Great easy hike, fun and enjoyable. Ice cave are beautiful, make sure before you go out you check the avalanche risk for the time.

2 months ago

Good hike but not sure where ice caves were. Climbed big boulders then came back. Later found out ice caves were further past boulders on right. Need to go back now.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short hike. Had to climb over a lot of boulders for the last 500 yards or so to get to the bottom of the glacier, but the ice caves were amazing!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome!! Ice caves were beautiful !!!!! Take head lamps to really explore the caves!! Going back!!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery. What a quick easy hike to do when you are in the area. We were able to walk right up to the glacier since everything was frozen.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect time of year to explore the ice caves. The river is mostly frozen and the caves appear stable as evidenced by lack of ice fall. Recommend quality ice grippers and poles. The valley is in shade all day and it can be windy. The Begich-Boggs visitor center is closed for the season.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice super easy hike to a glacier. Not the most stunning but clearly the most accessible

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy trail. Lots of people and dogs out today. Nice section of ice just to the left of where the maintained trail ended that required a calf-high water crossing.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy with a big glacier reward at the end!

6 months ago

Nice, short, scenic trail. The glacier is much smaller than pictured here. It was also very rainy in the partage glacier area, so come prepaired with raingear and good shoes!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a quick hike to the edge of Byron Glacier. Great views!! We had good weather. Probably not a great hike in inclement weather. Rocky towards the end so good shoes are a must. Suitable for just about every skill level.

8 months ago

easy stroll.

8 months 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.

8 months 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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
9 months 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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Nice hike. Spectacular

10 months ago

Great hike with kids and elderly.

11 months ago

As of 5/20, there is still tons of snow. About halfway into the hike, a bit icy and snow about knee deep. Avalanche threat still very prominent as the debris prevented us from making it all the way to the base. It was still beautiful and on a rainy day, the glacier stood out very crystal blue. The trail itself, minus all the snow, seems fairly easy, no big inclines. Would be a great summertime hike!

hiking
11 months ago

5/15/17: Could not make it to the glacier due to avalanche debris field. I would hold off until this melts off in a month or so. During the late summer this hike is a gem; lots of boulder scrambling and a glacial cave to check out farther in (if you're daring enough).

7/9/17: Glacial cave is most likely no more; avalanche debris is covering it/destroyed it.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Hiked this trail in 2015 and last two weeks ago. Since there's avalanches.. the view tends to look different.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful hike but VERY crowded, only a small trail so passing was difficult. lots of people and dogs. Spent a lot of time standing in knee deep snow to let others pass. Not as pleasant as I had hoped for. Maybe going during the week would be better.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Awesome hike. We did it in October during the first major snow of the season. Got to the ice caves, we were the only ones on the trail that day. Great easy day hike to get up and close with a glacier

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great easy trail

hiking
Thursday, December 01, 2016

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!

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Mostly flat, easy walking trail with a rewarding finish at the glacier. Beautiful views!

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