Explore Portage Glacier

Take the short trip to Portage for hiking trails, glacier views and plenty of history and wildlife. Although the glacier is no longer viewable without a short boat ride, Portage Glacier’s highway-accessible location still makes it a popular destination. On the way to the glacier, check out one of the many trails and campgrounds on the road. The Trail of Blue Ice, named for all the glaciers that can be seen from it, is an easy walk or bike for all ages. On the Williwaw Nature Trail, keep an eye out for spawning salmon in the stream. The nearby Byron Glacier trail is another short, easy trail that gives travelers access to glacier views in the area.

At the Begich Boggs Visitor Center, learn the history of the glacier and the surrounding area before taking a short cruise to the face of the glacier. End the outing with a visit to the Portage Glacier Day Lodge, a gift shop that was originally built in 1956 as a bar that served glacier ice margaritas when Portage Glacier was still right at the back door.

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From leisurely strolls to multi-day hikes like Crow Creek Pass, there is a trail for every visitor in Girdwood.


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