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.

on Otterbahn

1 day ago

I just proclaimed this an awesome trail. The review should indicate 5 stars! Sorry!

on Otterbahn

1 day ago

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

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.

Great way to see the glacier. Lots of great spots for photos, views of the glacier and waterfall, and (sadly) lots of evidence of the glacier receding from the rocks on the road. Heavily trafficked to final viewing sandbar.

hiking
7 days ago

Did this hike 2 years ago, it was very easy:)

road biking
7 days ago

Enjoyable walking or biking, but can be very windy

walking
8 days ago

Great trail for getting up close to Nugget Falls and the Mendenhall Glacier. Easy one mile stroll with a few easy up and downs. Probably doable with a stroller or wheelchair.

on Portage Pass Trail

hiking
11 days ago

The mile long hill climb to start this hike is definitely tough but the rest of the trail isn’t too bad. The weather wasn’t great during our hike and we couldn’t see much other than our immediate surroundings which was giving us second thoughts but we pushed on and the view of the glacier at the end was well worth it!

fun ,cool breeze ,nice dog walk with great views

nice little stop

that view at the end is worth it. I made it all the way to the beach. i had the opportunity to pick up a floating piece of iceberg and take pictures atop The hill overseeing the glacier once you get on top of the hill.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice little trail right next to the harbor, nice scenic views.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing views on the way up as well as the way down. So much exploring is possible even if the trail is somewhat busy.

This was definitely a very easy and relaxed stroll that we took the evening we arrived in Gustavus. It is flat and both wheelchair and stroller accessible and can be accessed from the Glacier Bay Lodge. It is very flat and follows the beach so the views are beautiful.

This trail starts by the dock near the lodge, and goes for a mile or less before ending and veering off onto the beach. The trail is very flat and easy, and we were there at the very end of June and the wildflowers were blooming everywhere, which was beautiful. After the maintained trail ends after one mile, it’s all beach walking over rocks to the point. We only went about 2 miles on the beach and didn’t make it to Point Gustavus, mostly because it was very slow-going trying not to twist ankles on the large rocks. The wildlife was cool (sea otters, several herons, shore birds, and a bear) and the views were beautiful.

This trail is definitely easy, and very busy. It’s very popular with cruise shippers and such an easy walk to beautiful falls, it’s not hard to see why so many enjoy it. We went on a very rainy day last week and not many people were there, but the day before we hiked the glacier and could see the falls from the glacier and it was super busy in the nice weather.

walking
17 days ago

I went at 7 am before the tourist buses arrived and only saw a few other people. Breathtaking and peaceful. Easy walk. Hard to call this a hike. It’s a flat, mostly paved trail. You could take strollers or walkers. It’s easy.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice, easy trail - as depicted in write-up. Wide, gravel-covered walk (lots of relatively fresh bear skat) out to water. Very nice views of the water and mountains.

Easy hike! Took around an 1hr. Very nice views

Amazing experience including traveling Portage Valley, Whittier Tunnel, amazing views of Whittier and Prince William Sound, Portage and other glaciers. My 7 yo hiked it. Trailhead is well marked, and easy to access.

on Goose Lake Trail

walking
25 days ago

Nice trail!!

Started with black bear sighting 50 meters from parking lot-bells made it saunter off into woods. Overall, nice views of lowlands and water; very wet still in all low sections. Wild flowers just starting to bloom, high shrubs/plants on both sides of trail (above lowlands) made it a single file hike (if you’re not the lead dog the view doesn’t change - much). Saw very large golden eagle on way back - majestic. Certain I’d rate it a 5 once it’s a bit drier.

hiking
27 days ago

Moderate difficulty, amazing views. Will absolutely be back next time I get back out to AK

Great if you’re looking for a quick hike that will still get your HR up. Views of Prince William Sound and the glaciers were pretty neat even on a rainy spring day and we saw two bald eagles on the way up. We hiked this in early May and there was still knee-deep snow along the entire trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was awesome hike. I have a titanium ankle and despite the first .8mile being a good leg burner. It was cool and i filled up my water bottle with glacier water

on Homestead Trail

1 month ago

It’s an easy flat trail with great views the entire way. The ocean at the end is gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

Busy trail, lots of dogs. Fun hike. Still snowy parts but it’s packed.

Nice views. Very pleasant easy walk. Took the side trail to see some of the changes the earthquake caused. That trail was easy to get a little lost on.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with breathtaking views. The first mile or so up to the pass is a good leg burner with stunning views at the top. The trail has some snow on it right now but was certainly doable in all types of shoes.
We hiked down the trail, around the lake and crossed the river for some closeup views of the glacier. The river was thigh to waist deep and was freezing- we checked and there was no safe place to rock hop across. Not sure how deep it is at other times of the year, but If you plan on crossing I'd recommend waders or boots or an extra set of pants. There's also a pretty beautiful glacial waterfall you can get a peek of by heading upstream.

Overall such a gorgeous hike with surprises all along the way.

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