Girdwood is a great little community to visit year round with plenty to do Summer or Winter. Often named the Recreation Capital of Alaska. Girdwood is most definitely the place to escape your day to day grind and experience the best of Alaska.
Stretch the legs and see a beautiful glacier. Head to Portage Valley and look for the Byron Glacier Trail Head. In the summer months this trail is considered both family and stroller friendly (1.6 miles round trip). If you are looking for a longer hike continue your walk down the Trail of Blue Ice (10 miles round trip).
Girdwood's bike path is great for short or long rides/walks. This path stretches the entire length of the town and beyond. You can bike to the Resort or for a longer journey you can bike to Bird Point (which parallels the Turnagain Arm). Bikes are available to rent from Powder Hound or Alyeska Resort.
Portage Lake is a year-round attraction. In the summer, check out the USFS run Begich-Boggs Visitor Center or take a ride on the Ptarmigan to view the Glacier up close. In the winter, strap on your cross-country skis to get a closer look. Note: Please always check lake ice condition before attempting to cross.
Experience the Gold Rush -Take a chance at panning for gold in Girdwood! Gold panning & prospecting are great recreational activities that people around the world of all ages engage in. Plan ahead and come for one of their Summer Salmon Bake and concern dates for extra entertainment (Mondays).
This is a great trail for families. It is easily accessible from either of the two trailheads located at Alyeska Tram building or up Crow Creek Road just below the Crow Creek Mine. Don't forget to try out the hand tram to cross Glacier Creek! The trail is 3 miles total each way - Easy In and Out
Looking for a guaranteed Alaskan wildlife viewing - come to the Wildlife Conservation Center. AWCC is a nonprofit organization that takes in injured and orphaned animals. Come see black bears, brown bears, moose, caribou, elk, deer, porcupine, musk ox and more!
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Try downhill mountain biking. During the summer Alyeska Ski Resort turns their trails into a downhill mountain bike park. Ride the lift up and enjoy a thrilling journey down. Lessons are available for those wishing to learn to ride or up their skill level.
If you are here in the winter, take advantage of Alyeska Resort's world-class skiing. Home to the longest double black diamond in North America - The North Face. If you're a beginner, no worries there is plenty of terrain for you. Student-centered and kid-friendly lessons are available also.
Whittier tunnel is the world's longest single lane tunnel in North America. It spans a total of 2.5 miles and accommodates both trains and cars. Make sure you plan your adventure around the tunnel schedule or you may be waiting for longer then you like.
Hike Crow Pass as a day hike to Monarch Mine (in and out) or plan ahead for an overnight and do the entire thing (~26 miles). To get to this trailhead follow Crow Creek Road to the very top. Be aware this is a rough dirt road. Wildlife sightings are possible including moose, bear, bald eagle and mountain goat.
In the winter, you don't even need to leave Girdwood for X-Country Skiing. Visit Moose Meadows for a variety of trails to fit your needs. This is a multi-use trail in the summer. Girdwood Nordic Ski Club maintains these trails. Check out their website for current tail statuses.
Check out books, movies, magazines, use the internet, and print out what you need. Great, quiet place to use internet on your computer or the library’s computers.
This recreation area is full of possibilities from fishing for hooligan or silver salmon to glacier viewing. Local companies like Chugach Outdoor Center offer a heli-rafting trip on this scenic river just a few miles south of Girdwood. Venture down to the boat launch by yourself for scenic views from the highway.
Enjoy a thrilling adventure just 40 minutes from Girdwood with Six Mile Creek Rafting. Hire a local rafting company to take you down this Class V river stretching through 3 canyons! Make a day out of it and visit Hope afterwards for a tasty lunch or live music at the Sea View.
Enjoy a nice relaxing family friendly float down Portage River. Keep your eye out for wildlife including bears, moose, bald eagles, salmon and more. You will also be privileged with seeing multiple glaciers along your journey. Local adventure companies have float packages available.
Stop in and taste the local brewery's selection on tap. This is a family-friendly setting. Non-alcoholic drink options are available including locally brewed Kombucha and Rootbeer. Bring snacks to munch on or try out the food from one of the local food trucks that frequent here. Open Noon to 8pm.