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Scenic trail. Part boardwalk, part gravel, very flat and wide. Mountain, forest, and stream views. Green and lush in summer. Ferns, moss, berries.

Can park at salmon viewing platform parking lot (then walk 150 meters straight back on road through campground to trail) and walk a shorter portion of the trail if desired. Glacier view from salmon viewing parking lot (Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform on Google maps).

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

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12 days 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
16 days ago

View is great at the top. Lots of snow at the top in late July. Would recommend doing this hike with fresh legs. This is not a marked trail after the first mile. Follow the cairns. Two tough stretches where you are climbing mainly vertical and having to do a lot of climbing. Used the trail marked by AllTrails as a guide but not the easiest way up. Would have been nice to have poles on the way back.

hiking
17 days ago

My favorite hike ever.

23 days ago

Beautiful weather + clear skies + midnight sunset. Best views of my life.

Trails ends early, but you can follow the cairns to the ridge line.

hiking
25 days ago

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

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.

29 days ago

beautiful but by no means a moderate trail

on Portage Pass Trail

hiking
1 month 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!

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
1 month 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.

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This would be a great hike for family. The first 8/10 Of a mile is up up up. But it’s a well groomed trail with a lot of rock. Can you reach the high point of 800 feet. From that point you can see down into the pass on the other side and Portage Lake and portage glacier.

You work your way down through some fields with good view of the glacier and lake most the way along with the mountains on both sides of you.

I’ve lived here inAlaska for many years and for some reason I just thought this trail was just an easy hike to see the glacier. But it is so much more than that. This is a do over for me despite how “easy“ it was.

hiking
2 months ago

Only hiked to the pass (1 mile in) due to the muddy, snowy trail conditions after that. The trail is a good stair master for that first mile! The views were beautiful and I was happy to find out you could see Portage Glacier at the pass. Saw some hoary marmots, bald eagles and a wolf.

Good for hiking in the summer or snowshoeing in the winter- the snow generally isn't groomed for skiing. The woods are gorgeous

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous in winter!

This trail is amazing, the views are beyond words! Went today, a bit icey so coming down was challenging. Would recommend having snowshoes or grips, however if you’re careful good hiking boots will do the trick!!! Enjoy!

Went there on January, it was snowing a lot, it got pretty hard, but amazing hike

hiking
8 months ago

Yes, this is in my top 10 of all time favorites, words can't explain.

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10 months ago

Awesome easy hike with multiple stunning views of glaciers. Portage glacier is beautiful from all distances but getting up close was a treat!

hiking
10 months ago

No luck here, weather was overcast so very low visibility. Highly recommend going if the weather is clear which is hard to tell since it can change drastically from side of the tunnel to the other... Saw a coyote and some marmots but definitely missed the view.

hiking
11 months ago

9/14/17. Rainy and 50deg. Unfortunately really poor visibility - would definitely recommend going on a clear day if possible. The first mile or so is really well marked - in fact you're walking on boards most of the way - but it's also really overgrown. There is an observation deck that seems to mark the end of the established trail since after that there isn't really much 'trail' to speak of, so only venture past there if you're comfortable with no trail. In most cases we found ourselves walking in the streams because the ground around was too slippery. We would have pushed on further but the visibility was really bad and just didn't seem worth it. Our total time was 2:50 and was essentially all moving - just a few short stops for photos etc. even though the moving time on the app shows closer to 2:15.

hiking
11 months ago

up to the view which is nice. leave extra time if you want to poke down to the lake.

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