Portage Pass Trail is a 8.7 kilometer heavily 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: 8.7 km Elevation Gain: 481 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

muddy
snow
4 days ago

A few snow patches, lots of trickling water on the trail. Feet will get wet. loved this hike, so beautiful. road to the trailhead is short but has large potholes. wish I had not taken my car but it's possible to maneuver around them .

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail! Absolutely gorgeous views. Still a decent amount of snow in spots but not too bad overall. I am not sure about this 5 miles according to all trails.....it was a little over 7.5 round trip. Took us about 4.5 hours. Not a difficult hike in my opinion just a little longer than advertised but so worth it!

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snow
14 days ago

Snow on trail still, but some spots were snow free! Once we were at the top to the right of the bench there wasn’t any snow! We walked around up there for a while. Loved the view of the glacier from there. Super windy today 5/16/2020 Saturday. The view from that area also showed snow on the rest of the trail, so we turned around. We will be back later this year! Great trail!! It was soft packed snow so, we fell in a few times to our knees. Some spots were easy to walk on top of the snow.

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snow
14 days ago

Great views of Whittier and portage glacier. Good trail if you stay on the packed snow. Broke through the snow a few times but I was about 250 lbs with the baby on my back!

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snow
19 days ago

still lots of snow, it’s soft and you cave in a lot so wear boots. a fun afternoon hike!

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snow
24 days ago

Still lots of snow!! But beautiful nonetheless

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snow
1 month ago

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icy
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Regret that we didn’t allow more time for this trail. It was a challenging climb, to start, but SO MUCH worth it. The peace & solitude were only equaled by the beauty which surrounded us

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snow
5 months ago

Awesome trail but had to turn around halfway because of the snow depth. Worth the trip.

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snow
5 months ago

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muddy
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

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snow
7 months ago

We could not have asked for a better day to do this hike! Not a cloud in the sky, a bit breezy as you may assume, but phenomenal. We hiked all the way down to portage lake and were close to the glacier. Stopped along the way and breakers at the bottom and took us about 3.5 hours in total. Definitely would recommend to everyone

hiking
7 months ago

Stunning! Only made it to the top lookout as it was getting dark, but the views were amazing. Steep hike up for the first mile, but from there you get a nice view of the glacier and valley.

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rocky
8 months ago

Favorite part of our entire Honeymoon in Alaska was this breathtaking trail. I mean it literally took our breath away with expert trails and stunning views. We made it to the lake from Whittier but didn't make it to the glacier. We kayaked for 3 hours prior to this hike so we were quite tired. Bring: Plenty of Water Extra Socks Good hiking shoes Your A Game

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rocky
8 months ago

This was an amazing trail with ridiculously amazing views! Definitely check it out but anticipate getting your feet wet. Bring extra socks and shoes and maybe a walking stick.

8 months ago

Beautiful! The fall foliage colors are vibrant. Explore all the different peaks when you reach the bench, each peak represents a different view and they are all beautiful. Definitely recommend and would do again for sure.

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rocky
8 months ago

Well worth the view of portage glacier! Make sure to stop every so often to appreciate the beautiful views on the way up.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite trails for views. The first mile is straight up hill and pretty strenuous. But the view from the top is spectacular, to the east you have the Prince William Sound, and to the West a perfect view of the glacier. The rest of the hike is downhill and a little rocky. Coming back up isn't nearly as difficult as the first mile to the top, it's more of a gradual climb, but it is more technical.

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rocky
8 months ago

The first part is about 1 mile straight uphill. The view from the top is very pretty though. The additional 1.5 miles to the glacier is worth it, but is also very steep and rocky.

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scramble
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

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