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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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From the large parking lot, follow the sidewalk northeast toward the beluga whale sculptures.
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Pass by the beluga whale sculptures, then bear right onto the paved path.
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Walk through a narrow tunnel that travels below the Seward Highway.
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Turn right at T-junction onto the Indian-to-Girdwood bike path. Head northeast.
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Bear right at Y-junction to check out views across Turnagain Arm.
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The trail passes an old avalanche cannon displayed next to the trail. Read about its history before turning around the heading back to Waypoint 1.
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After you return to Waypoint 1, climb the ramp that leaves from the parking area.
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Pass an interpretive sign about beaver dams.
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This small room has several interpretive signs. One of them explains the bore tide.
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This interpretive sign is dedicated to beluga whales.
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Look through the telescope at the end of the walkway to get close-up views of the bore tide.
Rainbow at Bird Point
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Beluga Whale Sculpture
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Views from Bird Point
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Views from the Trail
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Views of Turnagain Arm
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