Best time to visit Alaska

Byron Glacier

Take a short hike to a beautiful glacier and explore its caves

Byron Glacier in Alaska 2019 - Best Time
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© Mark Morgan

A close-up view of the Byron Glacier surrounded by rugged mountains attracts many hikers to Prince William Sound Area. It's a great family adventure with a variety of things to do and many beautiful views. The hike starts at a cottonwood forest and ends at a cascading glacial Byron creek.

Byron Glacier in Alaska - Best Season 2020

Byron glacier is located in about 49 miles (79 km) south of Anchorage, not far from Girdwood, Alaska. The 3.2-mile (5.1 km) Byron Glacier Trail is flat and well-maintained. The second half of the trail is rocky and features a small stream crossing. The trail head is located near Begich Boggs Visitor Center. The best time to take a hike to Byron Glacier is during the warm period of the year, which is from mid-June to late September when the trail is still walkable.

Byron Creek has lots of small and large stones along its bank that inspires children to rock skip and build forts. Snowfields below Byron Glacier are perfect for snowball fights. The trail offers views of Portage Lake and Valley.