Byron Glacier

Chugach National Forest
This hike was rated 5 stars.
Submitted By
Tina Rick
Easy; An easy trail, with exception to several slopes, elevation does not change. A wonderful trail for families!
Miles One Way
Miles from Anchorage
40; Near Portage Glacier, just off the Seward Highway
All year


Byron Glacier is a jewel! The views are awesome, and the trail is easy! Definitely a must see!

Important Information

Comfort zone. At the Glacier viewing area, there is a bench for those needing a bit of a rest. There are no toilets available…plan accordingly 🙂


In the Portage Valley; the trailhead is close to boarding for the Glacier cruise. There is no fee to park at the trailhead.

Comments on hiking Byron Glacier

  1. Shadara Wood — May 17, 2017

    A beautifully easy hike great to take your out of state relatives on and a perfect precursor to seeing Exit Glacier. Byron is a hanging glacier so it is nice to show visitors the difference. Remember the drive down Portage Valley that there are also multiple glaciers on the right side you can also stop to see and point out. There is also the 5 mile flat walk/hike along the valley floor if you would like to combine Byron Glacier to that for a longer experience. Can be a bit chilly in early season once you reach the glacier, but the trail itself is mostly well protected from wind. Good for kids, strollers and dogs. During the summer season there is also a guided tour given by the park rangers out of the Boggs visitor center. I am not sure the times as my family is a get up and go kind, not much for taking it slow in a group. There are Salmon berries along the walk in late summer, but not enough for picking.

  2. medo idrizovic — April 25, 2015

    hike is really easy. the walk is beautiful on the way to the glacier. i did this mid april so its still snowy back there. and bring bear spray. seen some tracks

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