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.
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.
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.
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
Great easy 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
Beautiful trail and surround views. Seasoned toddlers can easily accomplish this, also accessible with a double stroller (side by side). I have done this trail multiple times and it never disappoints.
walked on trail beside Creek ending at a glacier lots of salmon berries on the trail. busy trail