Byron Glacier Trail

Area Status: Open

Extremely large cornices overhang Byron Glacier Valley. It is wise to avoid this area until the snow has avalanched. Snow and avalanche danger can persist into the summer months.

This 1.4 mile trail offers an easy walk for all ages.  It allows a close-up view of a glacier with rugged, mountains in all directions.

A good family outing with a variety of things to do for the whole family.

The alder/cottonwood forest is lush with ferns for a serene beginning to the hike. Byron Creek is a cascading, whitewater, glacial creek.

Byron Glacier Trail Recreational Opportunity Guide

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

At mile 79, Seward Highway (49 miles south of Anchorage), turn north onto Portage Valley Road.  Travel 6 miles (past Begich, Boggs Visitor Center) to trailhead parking.  Trail is closed to motorized vehicles all year.

Trail is very flat.  First half of trail to Byron Glacier viewpoint is well maintained, with a wide footpath and brush cleared away from trail.  Second half becomes rocky with small stream crossings some standing water.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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