Byron Glacier Trail

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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.

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

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.

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15 days ago

Great hike with kids and elderly.

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1 month 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!

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1 month ago

5/15: 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).

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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!

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9 months ago

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