Byron Glacier Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.

The many stones along its bank offer many imaginative activities for children and adults (rock skipping, fort building).

Snowfields left from the previous winter's avalanches supply many snowballs for those inclined to a friendly contest.  The trail branches in many directions as it nears the snowfields below Byron Glacier.

Bouldering on the rocks of the side and terminal moraines can be a challenge.  Portage Lake and Valley can be seen looking north from the trail.

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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