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Snowbird Mine and Glacier Pass Trail

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Palmer, Alaska
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Snowbird Mine and Glacier Pass Trail is a 4.6 mile out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,689 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Forest

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907 Camy
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Catherine Jordan
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Beautiful hike through 3 hanging valleys, across a boulder field, and lets out onto a glacier! I think it might have surpassed Reed Lakes as my favorite hike: 1) Less Crowded, for every 9 groups headed up Reed, 1 goes up Snowbird 2) Stunning Views, you get to traverse a glacier and the valleys and peaks beyond it are breathtaking 3) A Challenge, half the trail is over boulder field and rock slides, a much more fun and challenging endeavor than the regular dirt trails! The Trail: from where the Reed Lake sign post and trail veers right at the foot bridges, follow the trail that keeps straight and slightly left through the brush. It soon opens up to a steep climb to the first ruins of Snowbird Mine and the first hanging valley. The trail then evens out a bit among rocks, grass, and blueberry bushes, heading back at a slight incline to the second hanging valley. When you hit the next set of ruins at the opening of the second hanging valley, look for the trail that heads to the right into the old mine structures. It will pick through the old cables and collapsed wood before picking up the main trail back along the old creek bed headed toward the waterfall. As you approach the waterfall, the trail climbs left over loose rock and gravel. The trail can be tricky to follow but there is an orange trail marker at the top that if you work towards, you’ll find the trail again. Follow the trail across the top of the water fall and winding around the left side of a hill. After that, you’ll reach the boulder field, and the end of the maintained trail. The trail is usually blocked off with a small rock formation, and from here it’s mostly cairn hopping and tracking where other people have been. Immediately before the small rock formation at the end of the maintained path, take the trail going left down over the rocks. Follow rock cairns and you’ll end up in the dried ravine at the bottom of the valley. Follow this old creek bed as far as you can go, eventually it ends and you’ll see a dirt trail pick up from there that will take you up the rest of the way over rocks, loose gravel, and boulders until you get to the glacier. If you turn off into the boulder field before this, it’s ok! Keep an eye out for rock cairns, dirt trails, and paths where other people have been and you’ll find your way no problem! My Fitbit clocked in at just under 5 miles to Snowbird Glacier. Then maybe another 1 mile to cross the ice field and climb to the Snowbird Hut. This trail is an excellent alternative to the more crowded/tourist-popular trails of Hatcher Pass. If offers amazing views, a fun climb, and a trek across a glacier!

Laura Wyatt
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Lots of people headed out to reed lakes, but only a few people on the snowbird side. Didn’t go all the way as a thunder storm blew in and a rock slide decided to come our way... bummer, because we were nearly there.

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Sierra Palmer
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the most breathtaking & amazing hike i’ve ever done. posted pictures of what the hike looked like! we hiked all the way to the glacier and to the hut. gotta be prepared for hiking up lots of rocks. other than that, it’s such a beautiful hike to do with your friends and family.

Molly Matlock
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Is there any hike in Alaska that isn’t breathtakingly gorgeous? This hike is no exception to the rule. But, some facts: Time: We hiked in for 4.5 hours and made it to the third hanging valley. Based on the mountain, the peak of the next hanging valley was the only thing stopping us from seeing the glacier, maybe 30-60 minutes more. But we had to turn around because of time constraints. It took 2 hours to hike out. When to go: Definitely a late season hike. When I went at the end of June, there were still some significant snow patches that covered portions of the trail. The trail: There is a kind of sketchy steep part after you leave the reed lakes trail. We found staying to the right was best. We had to do some bouldering because of snow. Other hikers we saw later just went up the snow. Walking through the valleys was gorgeous. The trail likes to fade in and out, especially the closer you get to the glacier. In general, stay as close to the river as you can. The trail will reappear eventually. (When the river splits, go with the left side).

Lindsay W.
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Starts at the Reed Lakes trailhead. It had been raining so the trail had a lot of water running over it on the flat parts at the beginning and got slippery and muddy once the incline was steeper, near the rocks section. We had to turn around there but would definitely come back on a drier day. Views of the creek, waterfalls, and wildflowers made it worth it.

Charlene Johnson
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There’s a much easier trail to access the beaver pond and trail portions behind the mine than scrambling up the rocks; look for a trail spur on the right a few hundred feet back from the mine. It’s muddier but gradual.

beth hendrickson
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Steep and slippery with snow. No switchbacks.

alexander wright
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It's a fun trail, beautiful views. perfect for the day hiker. it takes me about 3 hours to get to the glacier and another 1.5 to get down

Gary Peterson
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Great backpacking spot, a little steep and rocky at parts, but a wonderful place to hike and camp.

Kris Auermann
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Absolutely amazing. My husband and I went during the week and where the only soles in this beautiful country. Now, that's religion!! This trail was relatively easy. However, we kept on going, climbing the rocks and beyond became a little strenuous. Dress in layers.

Justin Garrison
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John Pike
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Justin Joseph
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Nathan Armstrong
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Charlene Johnson
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Jan Byrne
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Lars Erkeland
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Heather Doherty
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Silje Hagland
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Jonathan Canfield
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Andrew Huff
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William Mariano
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Jason Sander
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Chris Rod
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Alyssa Haynes
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