By Amanda Rose Henry
On my first hike of the season, I chose to hike Bird Ridge, a steep, winding trail climbing to a 3,200 ft high peak in the Chugach Mountains. The trail is mostly steep and rocky with some flat spots. Going up the trail is a bit tough if you have respiratory trouble and I suggest bringing trekking poles. I brought ice grippers with me, but as I started up the trail, I found they were not needed as the trail was dry. I hiked midway, which took me 55 minutes and descending the climb was somewhat fast, about a 25 minute descent. The hike gains 1,500 ft of elevation and has incredible scenery. It is not recommended for children under 8 years old or for those with chronic respiratory problems/asthma. Layers are recommended, but should not be made of cotton. Trails range from wide to narrow at various points. A great climb for those who would like an incredible workout with amazing scenery.
- Bird Ridge is located on the Seward Highway in the Chugach State Park before Bird Creek.
- The hike, at its summit, is 3,200 ft high with an elevation of 1,500 ft.
- The hike is quite steep making it suitable for kids 8 years old and up. Trekking poles are recommended.
- The hike is strenuous and not recommended for those with respiratory problems or those with back injuries or knee injuries. The climb is steep with a fast descent.
- This hike rates as moderate.