Forest Loop Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Forest Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gustavus, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

1.1 miles
111 feet

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Guide to the Forest Loop Trail in Bartlett Cove of Glacier Bay National Park. The Forest Loop Trail is an easy nature trail that starts and ends at the Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove of Glacier Bay National Park. Along the way you'll see some great natural resources. Watch for Barrow's Goldeneye on the pond. In summer, listen for the "booming" of Sooty Grouse. Enjoy fungi and wildflowers along the trail. There's also a Tlingit canoe near the shore of the cove and some Tlingit-style carvings on trees. Note that traditional "culturally modified trees" did not involve carving a design into the trees, so these are somewhat out of place, but they are fun to see all the same.

2 months ago

This trail was very cool, because there are signs of wildlife everywhere! While we didn’t see any bears, it was obvious they were close (lots of scat) but we did see a moose cow and calf right by the lake! The hiking is very easy and wheelchair/stroller accessible for the first half of it, which is a wooden boardwalk that goes to the pond. A very nice nature walk!

nature trips
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Great views of glaciers and waterfalls. Great birding and whale watching as well. Only accessible by boat.

paddle sports
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

A rare sight indeed. Try to get there and witness it. Amazing!

3 months ago

Tuesday, June 06, 2017