Portage Pass has been historically used by Alaska Natives, Russian fur traders, and early settlers. Currently it is used as a migratory route for birds and as a recreational opportunity by hikers like you! The hike is approximately two mile in length, one way (four miles roundtrip). The trail begins with 750 feet in elevation gain over fairly strenuous terrain and levels out at the top of the pass. From there the trail decends down past Divide Lake and ends at Portage Lake. Hikers will need to retrace their steps back to the trailhead. It is a great hike that rewards you with a view of Portage Glacier; in fact, it is the only established trail with a view of Portage Glacier! The gravel beach on Portage Lake would be a great place for a picnic lunch.
To access the trailhead you must drive through the Whittier tunnel. Once you are through, follow the signs and take the first right past the bathrooms, cross over the railroad tracks on the gravel road, and the trailhead is on the right. Click here for a map.
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Please remember to bring hiking boots, water and dress for changing weather!