Explore the most popular beach trails in Alaska with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We first did this hike in June 2018 with two other families, 5 kids and 5 dogs. Outstanding time was had by all. This is a must hike every summer! The views of the glacier are nothing short of astounding and the payoff at the lakes edge is spectacular!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with views that last for days. Portage Glacier has receded over time and the icebergs floating on Portage Lake are almost non-existent, but it’s still gorgeous!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Blue glacier covered with snow but still a lovely hike with a great view! Very windy and Lots of ice today, minimal pockets of deep snow before you get to the pass. Started too late @ 1 pm and was nearly to the lake at 2:30. Had to turn around as it’s DST and after the sun went behind mountain at 3:30 things just became more dim. Got to my car at 4:30 very dusky & Probably dehydrated at that time. Remember to drink water when it’s cold outside. You need it and don’t realize it.
Gorgeous sunny day and only 4 people at the pass and no one else. The gentlemen said it’s a 4 hr hike minimum. 2 hrs there and 2 hrs back. Happy hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Short trail with lots of short ups and downs through temperate rainforest. Mostly boardwalk and stairs. Piper the dog seemed to think it was ok. There are a couple of beach access points on the lower section of the trail. When we went, we were the only ones on the trail. Might be more heavily used in summer with tourists.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy and beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a lunch and find a nice secluded spot around the side of the lake to enjoy.

Beautiful scenery & very well maintained trail! Easy hike. Take your kids they should be able to complete it. However be careful. We Crossed paths with a hungry bear (just a black bear which poses little threat to humans) eating salmon in the river the trail runs through.

Nice short trail. I like the open muskeg at the beginning, and the secluded beach at the end. Not usually a ton of people there, but I did pass a few folks today, probably because it is Sunday.

Beautiful hike. Make sure that you apply some insect repellent. I would recommend returning from the end well at least an hour before the sunset.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.

great hike for most skill levels. Bring some waterproof shoes and a rain jacket!

just amazing trail and not terribly difficult. so much payoff for little effort, even if you're just going to the top of the pass. if you're going to the lake, make sure you wear shoes you can get wet. if you're going to the ice, beware you'll need to cross a river that for me today was impassible

Easy trail to get right to Nugget Falls with great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the mountains!

The best trail I’ve taken in Alaska so forth. It was very cloudy and windy so the views were not that spectacular but once you reach Portage Lake, glacier view is very impressive. The first up is steep and exhausting but it is worth the effort.

Easily one of my favorite hikes to date. Arrived around 10 am on a September day, only one other car in the lot. Steep and rocky at the beginning but after that it is quite easy. Got to the top of the ridge and it was breath taking seeing the glacier for the first time. We got there and it was foggy which added a mystique aspect to the trailhead. With the fog and surrounding mountains, it seemed like the trail was from a fairytale.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hiking trail that starts at the campground and provides access to Paxson Lake where you can continue by following social trails along the shore

Good trail, really popular. Went at end of July, the flowers down by the glacier were beautiful.

5 months ago

Excellent views of the volcanoes across Cook Inlet extraordinary Flora very picky as well

Great short hike from town. Very quiet trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We completed this trail yesterday with my 5 year old.

The first .75 to 1 mile is a steady climb up. Once at the top if you want to get to the lake go left and follow the marked trail. if you go right there's a nice view after maybe 5 min.

The trail is easy to follow, if in spots mildly pushed in by plants. Bring bug spray.

The trail offers some beautiful views and isn't difficult. It is a popular trail so you most likely won't be the only one out there.

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite hike ever.

5 months ago

Took some family over on the ferry for the day and decided to do this hike in Seldovia. We (four adults and one preteen) took seven kiddos, eight and younger on the hike. (Their ages were 8, 7, 4, 2, 2, and two babies) The only ones exclusively carried were the four month old and six month old. All the others walked most, if not all of the way!
There were salmon berries and blueberries along the trail, which was maintained and in great condition. The trail winds through the forest with several small hills and opens out onto the beach with beautiful views and plenty of rocks and shells for the kids collections. There’s lots of roots in the trail, some boardwalks over marshy areas, and clearly someone taking care of the trail and cutting steps through fallen trees.
Trailhead is right near the elementary school and clearly marked signs if you follow to the end of Main Street.
It was a fantastic short hike with all our kiddos!

Very nice views of the bay with a great overlook

hiking
5 months ago

Incredible views! Steep incline but short hike overall. The view behind you as you’re hiking up makes the incline insignificant.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes!! It is a short steep hike with a huge view payoff. Our kids (5 and 7) did it easily. Seriously one of the best views you can get in Alaska. Would rate as moderate, for difficulty.

walking
6 months ago

This trail is a large paved path about the width of one lane of a road that runs along the highway. I would consider this to be an easy trail. Good for kids biking. It is pretty exposed so wind can be a real problem (brrrr), but the exposure does provide some gorgeous views of the Cook Inlet! I wouldn’t call this a “hike”, more like a walk.

on Otterbahn

6 months ago

Awesome trail!.....with a multitude of botanical wonders!

hiking
6 months ago

I visited Haines on a cruise and had originally intended to hike up to Mt. Ripinski, but it was rainy and cloudy, so the locals advised against it. As an alternative I headed left from the cruise port and up to the trail that led to Battery Point. It turned out to be a great choice - a beautiful, well-maintained trail through some stunning woodlands and then down along to the coast to a rocky point. Tons of wildflowers, some amazing scenery and not a lot of people. There was a turnoff about half way through the hike that led off to other trails but I didn't have time for it. This is a great option if you are in Haines and want something that is beautiful but not overly strenuous.

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