Portage Pass Trail - INHT

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Portage Pass Trail is a segment of the longer Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT).

This 2 mile trail, with 750 " elevation gain, is a good day hike for all ages and provides spectacular views of Passage Canal and the surrounding moutains and glaciers. Divide Lake, 1 mile into the trail as a good picnic site. Taking the route to Portage Lake has an overlook for great views of the the glacier and lake. it is the only hike with a view of Portage Glacier!

The trail starts in low shrubs, then into trees, but is in open tundra by the time one reaches the top of the Pass. Wildlife includes mountain goats and is a good spot for bird-watching.

Portage Pass historically has been used by Alaska Natives, Russian fur traders, and early settlers. Currently it is a migratory route for birds and a recreational activity by hikers like you!

Call 907-783-2326 for more information.

Please remember to bring hiking boots, water and dress for changing weather!

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At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium

General Information

Accessibility:

Trail is closed to all but foot traffic from April1- June 30.


Directions:

To access the trailhead you must pay a toll and drive through the Whittier tunnel. Once on the Whittier side, take the first right past the railroad tracks onto a gravel road marked "Forest Access." The trailhead is on the right.

The train does not stop here but goes into Whittier, 1.5 miles away.


Directions:

To access the trailhead you must pay a toll and drive through the Whittier tunnel. Once on the Whittier side, take the first right past the railroad tracks onto a gravel road marked "Forest Access." The trailhead is on the right.


Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Great Day hike. Steep but non-technical uphill hike. The trail is on an old mining roadbed and can get dusty in the summer. Snow can persist into late spring.

General Info:

Accessibility

Trail is closed to all but foot traffic from April1- June 30.


Directions

To access the trailhead you must pay a toll and drive through the Whittier tunnel. Once on the Whittier side, take the first right past the railroad tracks onto a gravel road marked "Forest Access." The trailhead is on the right.

The train does not stop here but goes into Whittier, 1.5 miles away.


Areas & Activities


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