Portage Pass Trail
ElevationAscent: 794' 242 m
Descent: -150' -46 m
High: 738' 225 m
Low: 50' 15 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“This trail makes a quick out and back with a great view of the Portage Glacier.”— James Jackson
Family Friendly This well-marked trail leads to a once-in-a-lifetime view.
The first mile is up an old cat-track. At the top is Portage Pass. There is a great vista of the Portage Glacier to the southeast. You can see other glaciers to the northeast and southeast. Someone was kind enough to build a bench up at the top so you can soak up all vistas. From Portage Pass, it is another mile downhill to Portage Lake. There will be a sign that says Portage Lake. This is the end of the trail, but it was fun to wander around the lake edge. If you think you can make it to Portage Glacier without getting wet, you can't. There is a good-sized creek between the trail's end and the glacier.
When you return, it is a mile up to the pass, and another mile back down to the trailhead. It is a tough climb, but still possible for a whole family.
Sitka spruce, hemlock, and heavy alder underbrush make up the majority of the flora here.
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Land Manager: USFS - Chugach National Forest Office