Byron Glacier

The sky was overcast and threatening rain but after taking Saturday to relax for the first time since arriving in Alaska both Brian & I were itching to get out an explore. So we packed up the Subie & headed south.

Our destination today was Byron Glacier. I’ve been dying to touch a glacier and was pretty psyched to get this close to Byron Glacier. However, this particular glacier is considered a ‘hanging glacier’ and wasn’t safely accessible with the minimal amount of gear we had brought with us.

The trail is a short jaunt down a well maintained path along Byron Creek. The alder and cottonwood forest disappeared at almost exactly 1 mile, leaving us at the base of a mighty snowfield with wonderful views of Byron Glacier.

This seemed like the perfect place to explore the ice caves of the ice field and soak ourselves in the frigid and freshly melted ice of Byron Glacier.

Only after our (mostly my) feet were beginning to cramp from the coldness of the waters did we retreat back down the trail. Before heading home we quickly toured the Begich, Bogg Visitor Center on Portage Lake and photographed this tiny iceberg floating alone.

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