Winter Hike to Portage Glacier

Winter Hike to Portage Glacier

Alaska, Alaska

Winter Hike to Portage Glacier

This hike must be done in the deep of winter! Around February, Portage Lake is often frozen solid-solid enough to make walking safe. Hikers, bikers, skiers, skijourers, and snowshoers will form a 3 mile trail out to Portage Glacier.

This trail is appropriate for children. For younger children, they can be easily pulled in a sled if you so desire.

Starting at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center (Near Byron Glacier Trailhead), there will probably be a trail on the lake already. When conditions are right, this becomes a very popular hike. Hundreds of people per day will make the trek to the glacier. Portage Glacier is at the far end of the lake, just around a slight bend.

If you bring your dog, make sure he or she has a good recall or is leashed. My dog found all the people and other dogs a little over-stimulating and I had to leash him.

Depending on your method of transportation, this is a 1-4 hour round trip excursion.

Pack List

  • Layers-conditions can change rapidly in Alaska!
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Camera

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