Bird to Gird Pathway / Indian to Girdwood Trail

photo: THE 13 MILE BIRD TO GIRD PATHWAY FOLLOWS THE TURNAGAIN ARM IN ALASKA Type: Snow Trail
Rail Trail
Length: 13.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Mile 90 to Mile 103 Seward Highway, Just up above Seward Hwy, connecting Girdwood to Indian, overlooking Turnagain Arm.

States: Alaska
Counties: Anchorage
Latitude: 60.9788   Longitude: -149.47971

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Description

Mountains, glaciers, beluga whales, and ocean views are a few of the spectacular sights you can take in on the Firdwood to Indian Pathway. Known to locals as the 'Bird to Gird' this trail was recently enlarged to include an extra six miles to Indian. The now thirteen-mile pathway follows the Turnagain Arm next to the nationally designated Scenic Seward Highway. Most of the trail was built on the old highway alignment when the highway was moved closed to the ocean. Interpretive signs of geologic features, wildlife and avalanche mitigation line the trail. Three communities Girdwood, Bird and Indian are connected by this trail for the benefit of the residents. Trails leave the path and access each of the communities own valley trails. The trail passes through the birch and spruce filled Bird creek campground allowing trail users to stop and spend the night if needed. Parts of the trail are groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter by Alaska State Park Rangers. Bikers, hikers, dog walkers, skate skiers, and rollerblades as well as many others enjoy the use of the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 60
Elevation High Point: 150
Year Designated: 2006

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Matt Wedeking
Park Ranger
Chugach State Park
Mile 115 Seward Highway
HC52 Box 8999
Indian , AK 99540
(907) 345-5014
csp@dnr.state.ak.us
http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks

Information Contact:
Public Informatoin Center
Alaska State Parks
Mile 115 Seward Highway
5550 W. 7th Ste 1260
anchorage , AK 99501 -3557
(907) 269-8400
pic@dnr.state.ak.us
http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks

 

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