Byron Glacier Trail

EASY 90 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
787 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
7 days ago

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

hiking
18 days 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
19 days ago

hiking
21 days 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
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

Very easy with a big glacier reward at the end!

hiking
2 months ago

2 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
2 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.

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3 months ago

easy stroll.

hiking
3 months ago

3 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.

4 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.