He had suffered massive injuries, troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson said. Sunny and warm! Avalanche Debris near Byron Glacier Originally uploaded by merrymaryallegra Yup, an avalanche happened here in late June...we weren't wearing our snow gripping shoesies...so, we didn't go too far out, but just far enough to glimpse 'ole Byron. Remember, nice warm days can melt the snowpack and cause avalanches. Rescuers roped together to reach his body. Byron Peak is located in the Chugach National Forest at the head of a short, steep-walled valley, and rises above Portage Lake. "Today was the day we outran an avalanche. Rain weakens the already unstable crusts of melting snowpack and is known to trigger wet slab avalanches, the most deadly kind. Sadly, in June of 2018 a woman lost her life when ice from above fell on top of her. The cave is safest when temperatures are below zero. Answer 1 of 8: Visiting Portage Valley and Byron Glacier Valley this summer should be spectacular. Outdoor Recreation [ edit ] Due to relative ease of access and proximity to the major population centers of Alaska, Byron Peak and the surrounding area is a popular destination for mountain climbers, hikers, and, occasionally, skiers. The trail is still snow covered but folks have been walking most of the way up the trail before splitting off where the trail becomes lost under snow. Additionally, snow free slopes may have a rockfall hazard. The trail conditions are easy. Byron Glacier Trail, Girdwood Picture: avalanche snow in August - Check out Tripadvisor members' 8,975 candid photos and videos. This hike is an easy, fun, fully accessible family-friendly trail that leads to overlook of Byron Glacier through lush forest. Snow and ice caves. What a mighty lookin' glacier. Photos from the Byron Glacier trail and surrounding avalanche terrain. A cornice fall or wet avalanche on this slope can send debris to the valley floor and overrun areas people may choose to travel. It's a beautiful spot to have lunch and glacier-gaze. Light variable winds. Byron Glacier trailhead is near Portage Lake. Hiking on the weekdays or arriving early on a weekend is preferable in order to guarantee a parking spot. Right now it is covered in avalanche debris from this season. If you think a public avalanche center is important please support our organization. Not only is the cave dangerous, this valley is also exposed to avalanches from both sides. This is where the avalanche hazard is that can be accessed from the trail. Another photo looking up drainage taken near the official end of the trail. (People have been killed walking through ice caves there multiple times so be smart) Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Loved this glacier...its easily accessible and if you are daring and its the right conditions you can concievably hike right up to the glacial morain. Most likely times for natural springtime avalanches are during sunny afternoons/evenings or during warm rainy periods. Byron Glacier trail is fairly flat, gravel packed, and 1.6 miles round trip. The first photo looks right at the ‘ice cave’, which is now covered in avalanche debris from this season and not visible. Bottom line: There is enough snow remaining that natural wet avalanches could occur at anytime during the month of May and possibly longer. Byron Glacier is one of the easiest to access glaciers in the Anchorage vicinity, about an hour and 10 minutes drive south of Anchorage, not far beyond the beautiful town of Girdwood. Make a purchase from our Affiliate Partners and CNFAIC will receive a portion of the sales. The hike to Bryon Glacier is a short and easy hike. The Byron Glacier ice cave is the most popular and most visited in the state, but this is a dangerous time to approach or enter it, too. Even a rain storm in spring and early summer is dangerous if there is still snow on the mountainsides that the rain can wash down. Snowpack is isothermal along trail. The first photo looks right at the ‘ice cave’, which is now covered in avalanche debris from this season and not visible. The Byron Glacier Trail near Girdwood, Alaska is a beautiful hike for trekkers of all ages. The Byron Glacier Trail in Portage, Alaska is an uncomplicated trail with fabulous views that the whole family can easily hike. The afternoon and evening hours are generally the warmest part of the day and hence the most dangerous. Several hikers on old avalanche debris and away from any avalanche concerns. wonderful day trip with Bryce and Sierra's class to Byron glacier - fabulous walk across an old avalanche shute :) This grassy ridge overlooks the entirety of Byron Glacier, along with Portage Glacier and 3 other glaciers across Portage Lake. The present study employed 16S rRNA gene amplicon metagenomic sequencing to survey the prokaryotic microbiota on Alaskan glacial ice, revealing a rich and diverse microbial community of … Byron was known to be a bad avalanche zone, particularly this time of year, and had I known it would have been raining prior to setting out, I would have never gone. Be careful not to go to high up on the avalanche chutes since the snow underneath collapses and some point during the summer. Remember that portions of these caves can collapse at any time – which can be unsurvivable. Remember the Byron Glacier trail is in avalanche terrain. This area has popular snow and ice caves where Byron creek runs through the old debris. Make a purchase from our Affiliate Partners and CNFAIC will receive a portion of the sales. North facing slopes with plenty of snow still hanging above the valley and debris piles from the recent avalanche cycle.