Bird Ridge, high above the Turnagain Arm
Bird Ridge is one of the most iconic hikes around Anchorage. It’s about a 25 minute drive down the Seward Highway from Anchorage, and hikable year around. It’s fun to run or hike up to the ridge different times of the year since the conditions change with the seasons. When the front range gets too snowy to hike without skis, you can pretty much always get up Bird. If you don’t want to try it alone, there’s a group of folks that meet in the parking lot and hike it at noon every Sunday, no matter the conditions.
Bird Ridge in the winter on a clear day.
Even with deep snow, Bird Ridge is still climbable.
Some days the trail is an icy mess that microspikes don’t even help with, some days it’s slick, steep mud. If you’re lucky it’s a mix of both! Sometimes it’s hot and dry with an unrelenting sun, sometimes it’s post holing in knee deep snow. The secret is to wait a day after a storm until some other foolish person breaks trail first! No matter what the conditions, it’s always a great workout and worth the effort.
Quick stop at the top for a windy photo.
Fall colors get crazy in the Chugach.
The tundra colors light up in the fall. The ridge turns bright red, yellow and orange, along with all of the deciduous trees lower down along the arm. Plus, if you time it right, you can watch the bore tide roll in.