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

Rainy and pretty chilly day. Up there, view was very nice even with the clouds. Did it with son and daughter (10 and 6) and by the end children were exhausted.

on Winner Creek Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Very fun family and dog friendly trail. Bring gloves for the hand tram.

Park at the resort much easier to find the trail this way.

Easy trail with amazing views of the mountains and glacier.. lots of super cold running water.. beautiful flowers along the way..

hiking
13 days ago

Good trail. A lot of traffic on it. The hand tram was super fun to use! We will know better next time, but park at the Alyeska Resort, walk to the back of the resort and get to the Winner trailhead from there (on the left side trough the trees).

Pretty easy going hike with a great view at the snow field! :)

the perfect hike for beginners and berry lovers

20 days ago

Walk up tram down was awesome

hiking
22 days ago

Very well maintained and fun to hike! Took us just over 3 hours to go out and back. A few good views at the gorge and on the tram, but mostly just a forest hike. I recommend starting from behind the Alyeska Lodge instead of where this says to start. There isn’t any easy parking.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful, very quiet and beautiful when you hike to the top to the glacier and look over the water.

hiking
25 days ago

Pretty easy trail which is great with the kids. We left from the Alyeska Resort and hiked to the bus pick up at the Winner Creek Gorge. Lots of trees, moss and lush green. The hand tram was cool. Bridges and rivers make this a nice hike. We came across other hikers and families, occasional bike riders. The hand tram had a short wait. We were behind two turns on our side.
Bring bug spray and probably bear spray.

Was disappointed in this hike. It was relentless, straight up, and boring. No variety. Views include the mountains, hotel parking lot and the Tram wires. The top is a good view but nothing compared to Cross Pass. Shoulder height thick vegetation and buggy today. .

hiking
30 days ago

Nice walk, not too many mountain views because you’re in the tree line. The snowshoeing here is great in winter!!

Was a little confused how to get to trailhead. There is free parking at end of Alberg Street on the right. I went through the ski only entrance in woods then 5-7 mins later Winner Creek trail is on the right into the woods. Lovely nature all around. Nice views along Seward Highway to get there.

hiking
1 month ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike to get the dogs out on and beautiful scenery. Hand tram was fun and a definite good workout for the shoulders and back.

This is a simple hike/ walk in the forest with a fun tram to check out!
Bring bear spray just Incase AND bug spray

Easy hike with great views! High traffic in July with people and dogs. Not too much of a line at the hand tram but worth the wait. Lots of fun!

hiking
1 month ago

A nice wide trail back to the snowfield by Byron Glacier. Lots of rocks to climb on at the end. The kids and dogs love it. Just don't go in the snow caves or up on the snow over the river. People have died when the snow or ice collapses. Berry picking is good along the trail in the fall, especially for salmon berries. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops as you get closer to the glacier.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy mile there and mile back. Bug spray in July is a must. Beautiful views and snow to play on at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! Never gets old

1 month ago

Heavily trafficked and long wait at the hand tram. Easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Super busy but manageable. Novice hiker and thought it was plenty long with rolling inclines, not all that easy if you're just looking for a casual stroll. Tram going towards Crow Creek was packed (30+ min wait), coming back the other way was no wait. Overall it wasn't bad but there are better trails out there to enjoy Alaska with less people.

hiking
1 month ago

So so worth it, those were my son’s words. I did this trail with my husband and son and we had a blast. We hiked for about a mile to the end of the trail and then hiked over the snow and boulders. We enjoyed some ice caves it was great.

One of the easy beautiful hikes close to Anchorage.

2 bears about 5 mins into the trail behind the tram at 8 am. They took off in a hurry.
This trail has some really great stuff, but it’s SO crowded. By noon it’s mobbed with people. This is not a peace and quiet type of hike.

Beautiful trail. Forest, river gorge, bridges, hand tram. We hiked from the trailhead behind the Aleska Tram, past the hand tram, to the Shuttle Bus stop and rode the free bus back to town. Loved everything about it.

I didn’t even care that there were quite a few people on the trail. It was so beautiful! Great stroll and an incredible place to drink a beer

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail. Glacier has receded quite a bit but you can hike on the rocks to get a bit further back and less people are there. Otherwise a lot of people on the trail.

Beautiful trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is fairly easy, almost entirely gravel, and doesn’t have any really steep inclines. It also offers some fantastic views of the river, as well as the lush forest surroundings.

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