Byron Glacier Trail

Take a hike to a glacier!

The hike will take you approximately 0.8 miles (one-way) to the snow fields of Byron Glacier. This is an easy hike with very little elevation gain and the trail is well-maintained. At the end of the established trail you will see a bench and a hazardous conditions sign. The trail is not maintained beyond the sign and hiking on the snow and rocks poses inherent dangers found throughout most of the Chugach National Forest. It is not advisable to try to hike or climb on the glacier without glacier travel skills and proper rescue equipment. Click here for the Byron Glacier Trail Map.

If you are interested in a guided activity, Forest Service rangers will conduct ranger-led hikes on Byron Glacier Trail throughout most of the summer.

Please note: A significant cornice remains on the ridge for the early part of the summer, posing a risk for avalanche.

All guided hikes are dependant on staffing levels and are subject to cancellation.

For more information about the Byron Glacier Trail including special conditions call the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at (907) 783-2326 from Memorial Day weekend through Mid-September.

The weather in Portage Valley can be wet. Please bring the appropiate gear and shoes to participate in this hike.