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Anchorage, AK: Bird Point

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Distance: 1.9 miles


Watch the bore tide in Turnagain Arm and tour a scenic section of the Indian-to-Girdwood bike path on this easygoing, 1.9-mile hike less than an hour from Anchorage.
  • Rainbow at Bird Point
  • Beluga Whale Sculpture
  • Views from Bird Point
  • Bike Path
  • Milepost 96
  • Bike Path
  • Views from the Trail
  • Towering Lines
  • Bike Path
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Bike Path
  • Avalanche Cannon
  • Avalanche Cannon
  • Avalanche Cannon
  • Bike Path
  • Junction
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Views of Turnagain Arm
  • Interpretive Path
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Interpretive Sign
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Telescope

This easy, 1.9-mile hike on Bird Point visits a viewpoint overlooking Turnagain Arm and tours a short section of the Indian-to-Girdwood bike path. From the large parking area on the south side of the Seward Highway, pick up the paved connector path that travels past several beluga whale sculptures.

After passing the sculptures, walk through the tunnel below the highway and bear right onto the Indian-to-Girdwood bike path. The scenic path leads northeast past views of Turnagain Arm to a retired avalanche cannon mounted next to the trail. Read the interpretive sign, then turn around and return to the Bird Point parking area.

Next, walk up the ramp that starts on the south end of the parking area; several interpretive signs line the walkway. Stop at the enclosed area at the top of the ramp to read about Turnagain's bore tides. Continue along the walkway to a telescope overlooking Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Mountains. (If you have time, stay to watch the bore tide.) Take in the majestic scene from the overlook, then return to the parking area

-Mapped Kim Phillips

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