Byron Glacier Trail

EASY 134 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
4 days ago

Easy trail with amazing views of the mountains and glacier.. lots of super cold running water.. beautiful flowers along the way..

12 days ago

Pretty easy going hike with a great view at the snow field! :)

hiking
28 days ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

hiking
29 days ago

A nice wide trail back to the snowfield by Byron Glacier. Lots of rocks to climb on at the end. The kids and dogs love it. Just don't go in the snow caves or up on the snow over the river. People have died when the snow or ice collapses. Berry picking is good along the trail in the fall, especially for salmon berries. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops as you get closer to the glacier.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy mile there and mile back. Bug spray in July is a must. Beautiful views and snow to play on at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

So so worth it, those were my son’s words. I did this trail with my husband and son and we had a blast. We hiked for about a mile to the end of the trail and then hiked over the snow and boulders. We enjoyed some ice caves it was great.

1 month ago

I didn’t even care that there were quite a few people on the trail. It was so beautiful! Great stroll and an incredible place to drink a beer

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail. Glacier has receded quite a bit but you can hike on the rocks to get a bit further back and less people are there. Otherwise a lot of people on the trail.

2 months ago

Easy yet a trail that satisfies for spectacular views.

2 months ago

Maintained trail was clear and dry. Still a snow field between the end of the trail and the glacier itself. Beautiful sunny day, lots of families with small kids and dogs. Easy walk with a snowball fight at the end!

nature trips
2 months ago

Great walk! Not a hike at all so I would say anyone can do it. The glacier is significantly melted but there’s still snow to walk on. Went on a Thursday around 4 and t was pretty well trafficked but again, hiking alone so it was nice.

2 months ago

a bit of snow and ice still on the trail, but not bad. great trail system in the area for camping, hiking and biking

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and surroundings, but definitely not easy. The snow makes the trail difficult to navigate, lots of slipping and sliding around. The last couple hundred yards were covered in boulders that we had to climb across. I’m sure this one is easier in summer. I’d do again because it was so beautiful!

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months 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.

6 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

Very easy with a big glacier reward at the end!

10 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
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

easy stroll.

Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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

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