Portage Pass Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 days 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!

9 days ago

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16 days 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.

18 days ago

19 days 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
29 days 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.

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8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

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10 months ago

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