Portage Pass Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews
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Portage Pass Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whittier, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1571 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
17 days ago

Yes, this is in my top 10 of all time favorites, words can't explain.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome easy hike with multiple stunning views of glaciers. Portage glacier is beautiful from all distances but getting up close was a treat!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

up to the view which is nice. leave extra time if you want to poke down to the lake.

4 months ago

Amazing hike...up and down.. down and up... awesome views. loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Our moving time was just under two hours, but with our stops for photos and viewing the glacier, it took us three hours. Definitely worth the effort. The first half mile is all up hill, but stick with it and it is worth the effort. Epic photo spots on a clear day.

hiking
4 months ago

Starts out really steep until you reach the pass. You then follow a winding rock path all the way down to Portage lake. The weather was misreable while we were there with a low cloud deck and drizzling the entire time. The hike was still worth it. Views of the glaciers, waterfalls, and wild flowers were amazing and the payoff of Portage glacier was well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, wonderful arrival on the river (seems to be a bear water point). We did it under the rain, but it was worthy. Be aware of the tunnel to arrive on the start of the hike, you can only cross once per hour.

4 months ago

Amazing! Wish I had my knee braces though as there's a lot of up and down, with long descents.

5 months ago

I absolutely hated and loved this trail. It's uphill uphill uphill. But so rewarding! When you get to the "summit" you can finally catch your breathe and enjoy the view and beauty of the valley and the glacier! The trail is adorned with many beautiful wildflowers. I stopped often to enjoy looking at them. but can be narrow at points, so avoid highly trafficked times or days. We were lucky to only bump into a few people. So it kind of made it peaceful and tranquil. But I can imagine it can get busy too.
This glacier is much more impressive than Exit Glacier. It sits against a background of mountains and greenery and is simply inspiring. Remember to track your time and make it on time for the tunnel returns which are timed every hour on the hour. If you time it right, you'll get to spend some quiet time up there and make it back on time for the tunnel return without having this sit too long in line in your car.

5 months ago

Amazing views, easy hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail - the glacier is fantastic scenery. When the sun is out the view at the top of the pass is amazing.

hiking
6 months ago

Took me about 3 hours round trip, including time spent taking pictures / stopping to enjoy the views. Breathtaking. This hike made my trip to Alaska!

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of the best hikes I have done in Alaska. It is short, but very sweet. The views are incredible. There is still quite a bit of snow on the trail, but nothing to discourage the dauntless hiker.

6 months ago

This was a great hike with beautiful views all the way up. After cresting the top we were amazed by even more beauty Alaska has to offer! We only went up the pass and played around on top for a while exploring many paths. The snow kept us from wanting to continue to the lake as we weren't prepared for snow. We plan to go back later this season to make it all the way to the lake!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was a wild experience. When we made it to the top we could see that the lake was fogged in but hiked down to it hoping it would lift and we could see where the glacier met the lake. On the way down we could see the top of the glacier and the other glaciers in the valley which was amazing. When we got down to the lake we could not see more than twenty feet in front of us but hung out for a while begging the fog to lift. As we were walking around the lake we started to feel a deep rumbling and heard a piece of the glacier fall off into the lake. Being from Montana with little experience around glaciers we had no idea whether a glacier induced tsunami was heading our way or what and headed for high ground haha. Luckily only small waves hit the beach but the experience is something we will never forget. Of course when we were about halfway to the top on our way out the fog began to lift haha. The scenery in and out is worth every step.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Very Beautiful. Easy hike for the Fit people out there. Still doable for the worst in shape people.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

very beautiful. only the first maybe 1/2 mile to 3/4 miles is moderate. Otherwise amazing hike!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Went on a bright sunny day! Great views. Time it so you can hit the tunnel right at the 1/2s. Tunnel closes at 3/4s into the hour. Trailhead is immediately on the right after you exit tunnel parking area. Short hike offering wonderful views from the pass on down. Don't forget to stop on the way and look for beavers in the pond just down from the pass!

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Well worth the $13 tunnel fee. Mid way through, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view.

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