Portage Valley Hiking

Explore the Chugach National Forest by foot and we will take you to the best trail for your adventure level, all abilities welcome! Hike through old and new growth forests, under alpine glaciers and glacial streams. Our interpretative hike will leave you in awe of the power of glacier ice that created this area.  Alaskan views don’t get much better than this and your guide will be sure to stop for more picturesque spots before or after your hike in Portage Valley! Hot drinks and snacks provided. Come prepared with your waterproof hiking shoes (you’ll be thankful for a pair for your Alaskan trip) water bottle and rain gear if needed. Let us know if you need to borrow any rain gear and we will make sure you are comfortable for any Alaskan weather. Choose from a 9am, 11am, 1pm or 5pm departure and plan for a 2-3hr round trip form Girdwood adventure. Ask us how to add guaranteed wildlife to your tour.

May to September

Duration 2-3 hrs

9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm Daily

Adult $129 / Child (under 14) $99

Tour Information

Full Tour Description

Portage Valley has evidence of a recent glacier recession. Your guide will give you an interpretative Alaska hiking trip through forests, under the alpine glaciers, and around glacier blue ponds as we make our way to the vast Portage Lake.

This valley has a healthy population of moose, black bears, bald eagles, and all five species of salmon that run up the side creeks later in the summer and early fall.

Specialized in small or private groups with decades of experience as Alaskan guides.


Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made using our online booking system, over the phone by calling 907-382-1050 or by emailing us. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation, however, it will not be charged until the date of your tour pending cancellation within 7 days.

Tour Price & Inclusions

Portage Valley Hiking – Adult $129 / Child (under 14) $99

Snacks and hot drinks are provided.

*Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price. If you like the ride, Tip the guide!

**All tours on USFS land are subject to a $7 land use fee per person

What to Wear

Wear good hiking shoes and bring weather-appropriate layers.

Additional Options

Add the Scenic Portage Rafting for $79 Adult/$49 Child OR a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for $49 per person.

Physical Requirements

Suitable for everyone, some trails are wheelchair accessible.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation within 7 days of your scheduled departure will be charged full price unless medical emergency with documentation – NO EXCEPTIONS.

A cancellation prior to 7 days will receive full refund.

There is no charge if the weather prevents your trip from happening. Glacier City’s guides determine weather cancellations and there is no refund for partial trips due to weather or client issues.

Weather Disclaimer

We go rain or shine, we always have a good time! Trips are not canceled due to weather.


We are located in Girdwood, Alaska approximately 35 miles south of Anchorage on the corner of the New Seward and Alyeska Highways. Take the New Seward Highway “1” south out of Anchorage to mile marker 90. Girdwood is the biggest town you will come to after leaving Anchorage. You will see signs for Girdwood and the Alyeska Resort. Turn left (the only left into town) onto the Alyeska Highway and then make an immediate right into the Tesoro Gas Station & Mini-mall. There are several shops attached to the gas station. Our shop is the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap located next to the Ice Cream Shop. Its an upscale gift shop with a humorous twist. This is where we will, “Suit ya and boot ya”


Glacier City Snowmobile Tours provides free transportation in the Girdwood Valley. Options from Anchorage include all major car rental agencies or private transportation. If you prefer private transportation, we recommend Four Seasons Transportation – call Dave at 1-907-744-4946. Cost is $138 each way for up to 4 people. There is no public transportation from Anchorage.


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